21 November 2017
   
Mnangagwa defiant, tells Mugabe to go
Impeachment: Zanu PF starts process
War vets ask High Court to validate coup
Students: Army must not impose leader
Only ED can handle current crisis: Cross
Dzamara Square prayers till Mugabe out
Sadc armies must learn from ZDF: Sekeramayi
Zim needs inclusive fresh start: Tsvangirai
MORE NEWS
ZSE continues self-correction
Zimasco agrees deal with US-based firm
MORE BUSINESS
Tuku, Winky D impress despite coup
Thomas Mapfumo not going to Zim
MORE SHOWBIZ
Gumbo fined $2,5k for match desertion
City drop points against Caps Utd
MORE SPORTS
Caught between the Croc and Gucci City
Zimbabwe: The Thing and its Shadows
MORE OPINION
 
This isn’t a national democratic project!
What possibilities for investment?
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 

State media shuns Chiwenga statement

14/11/2017 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
Grace Mugabe rebuke ... George Charamba
 
RELATED STORIES
Chiwenga visit normal exchange: China
Army on the streets? Tensions spike
Zanu PF youths hit back at army boss
Opposition unimpressed with Chiwenga
Prof Moyo scoffs at Chiwenga threat
Zim on edge as army threatens coup
- 30 top Generals at Chiwenga’s side

THE State media Monday blacked out Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga’s statement warning President Robert Mugabe to stop the sacking of liberation war veterans from Zanu PF.

Chiwenga was reacting after former Vice President Mnangagwa was fired from government and the ruling party by Mugabe.

Public broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) did not cover Chiwenga’s press conference while the state-owned Herald promptly took down an article it had initially posted on its website.

Without offering any explanation, the Herald went further to delete a YouTube video and tweets of the press conference which was held at Army’s KG6 offices in Harare and cast live to the world via Facebook.

Mandarins at the information ministry maintain a tight leash on the State media and would likely have ordered the blackout on Chiwenga’s statement.

The ministry’s permanent secretary and presidential spokesman George Charamba was famously rebuked by Mugabe’s wife, Grace, over the state-media’s pro-Mnangagwa coverage.

In his statement, Chiwenga demanded a stop to the purging of ruling party members seen as loyal to Mnangagwa who was sacked by Mugabe being disloyal and disrespectful.

Mnangagwa has since gone into exile, claiming assassins had been ordered to take him out. He is thought to be now in South Africa.

“It is sad to note that our revolution has been hijacked by agents of our erstwhile enemies who are at the brink of returning our country to foreign domination against which so many of our people perished,” Chiwenga told journalists.

However, political analyst Davies Mukushwa said Chiwenga was trying to insert himself between the people and a collapsing Zanu PF in order to perpetuate the party’s hegemony under his leadership and those he chooses to take power with.

Mukushwa urged Zimbabweans to reject what he described as “an opportunistic treachery”.

“We must say no to military meddling in partisan politics. What happens in Zanu PF is not army business,” he said.

“The army has no business in party politics and it is because of its stupid reactionary ideas that are nowhere near a revolution that resulted in this mess we are in today as a country.”



Advertisement


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark

 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker