Blackout in State media on what Zimbabwe Defence Forces chief said-but Jonathan Moyo responds


There has been a complete blackout in the State media on what the Zimbabwe Defence Forces chief Constantine Chiwenga said yesterday, yet his full statement was all over the social media well before sunset.

Chiwenga warned the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front to stop the purge on members with liberation war credentials who are currently under siege from the G40 faction loyal to President Robert Mugabe and his wife saying the military will not allow the country to be taken over by counter-revolutionaries.

He also warned those fermenting the current instability within ZANU-PF that they must be exposed and fished out and said members must go to the special congress next month with equal opportunity to exercise their democratic rights.

Chiwenga was flanked at the press conference where he made the statement by the commander of the army Valerio Sibanda and the acting head of the Air Force of Zimbabwe.

Mugabe has warned that the army must keep out of politics, but Chiwenga said yesterday there were several rebellions before and all were resolved by the military.

“The formation of FROLIZI, the attempt to remove the late Cde Chitepo from his position of Chairman at the Mumbwa bogus congress in 1973, The Nhari-Badza rebellion, Ndabaningi Sithole rebellion soon after the death of Cde Chitepo, the Vashandi 1 and 2 as well as the rebellion that led to the death of the late ZIPRA Commander, Cde Alfred Nikita Mangena, among others are cases in point,” he said.

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