UPDATED: Gen Chiwenga, Chihuri retire

General Constantino Guvheya Nyikadzino Chiwenga

General Constantino Guvheya Nyikadzino Chiwenga

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ZIMBABWE Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander General Constantino Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga and Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri have retired. Announcing promotions and appointments made by President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said Gen Chiwenga had retired pending redeployment.

Commissioner-General Dr Augustine Chihuri

Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri

Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Commander Lieutenant-General Philip Valerio Sibanda has been promoted to a full General and takes over command of the ZDF from Gen Chiwenga. Dr Sibanda said Comm-Gen Chihuri will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner General Godwin Matanga in an acting capacity. “General Constantino Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga is set to retire pending redeployment,” Dr Sibanda said.

General Philip Valerio Sibanda

General Philip Valerio Sibanda

“Commissioner-General of Police, Dr Augustine Chihuri started his leave on 15th December, 2017, pending his retirement from the service. Deputy Commissioner-General Cde Godwin Matanga has been appointed Acting Commissioner-General of Zimbabwe Republic Police.” Gen Chiwenga has been ZDF Commander since 2003 after taking over from the late General Vitalis Musungwa Gava Zvinavashe.

Air Marshal Elson Moyo - Commander Airforce of Zimbabwe

Air Marshal Elson Moyo – Commander Airforce of Zimbabwe

Dr Chihuri has been Comm-Gen since 2008. On Lt-Gen Sibanda, Dr Sibanda said: “Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda has been promoted to the rank of a full General, and assumes the post of Commander Defence Forces (CDF). Before this latest promotion and appointment, Lt. General Sibanda was Commander, Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA).” Dr Sibanda said Major General Edzai Chimonyo was now the new ZNA boss.

Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri

Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri

“Ambassador Major General Edzai Absolom Chanyuka Chimonyo has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General, and assumes the post of Commander, Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA). Before this latest promotion and appointment, Major General Chimonyo was on secondment to the then Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, with multiple accreditation to the Republics of Burundi and Rwanda.”

Lt Gen Dr Moyo

Lt Gen Dr Moyo

Dr Sibanda said there were also changes in the Air Force of Zimbabwe. Air-Vice Marshal Elson Moyo, he said, had been promoted to become Air Marshal and effectively AFZ Commander. Said Dr Sibanda: “Air-Vice Marshal Elson Moyo has been promoted to the rank of Air Marshal, and assumes the post of Commander, Air force of Zimbabwe (AFZ). Before this latest promotion and appointment, Air-Vice Marshal Moyo was Chief of Staff, Joint Operations and Plans at the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Headquarters.”

Dr Sibanda said former AFZ Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri had been promoted to the rank of Air Chief Marshal on retirement. Air Chief Marshal Shiri is now the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement. Major General Sibusiso Busi Moyo has also been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General on retirement. He is now Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister.

Major General Engelbert Rugeje, who was appointed Zanu-PF national political commissar at the revolutionary party’s Congress last Friday, has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General on retirement. Dr Sibanda said President Mnangagwa had also promoted Brigadiers General David Sigauke, John Chris Mupande, Paul Chima, and Hlanganani Dube to the rank of Major General.

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  • TruthHurts!

    Zvakureva kuti vaChiwenga vatarisana ne huVeePee here apa. Kana zvirizvo ndiko kutonga kwaro-ka manje-ka uku. Zvimbwanana zvinongovukura zvigovukura zvichiziva kuti Zimbabwe ndeyeropa. Zimbabwe yadzokera mugwara rehondo yayakarwa. Ndokuti chimurenga. Ukafarisa vanotonga vanofarisisawo futi newe kuti zvinake. Charira mu Zimbabwe, Handeyi vanemawara tione.

    • Moe_Scyslack2

      That vachivukura statement is for fools. Zvese zvekuti pasi nanhingi. That too is a slogan of myopic individuals who are yet to mature in politics and governance. Nuff said

      • TruthHurts!

        Are you suggesting that a whole President is not mature in politics? That statement and pasi nanhingi are still relevant today as they were yesterday given that we still have political crooks and sellouts in our midst who go abroad to bad-mouth their own country and worst of all insist that sanctions should not be removed. In my own humble opinion I think such traitorous deeds unless they change also calls for the maintaining of the death sentence in statutory law even though I am against it. The act of five self individuals with egos as high as Mt Everest calling for punitive sanctions against 14 million people of their own fellow countrymen made me sick. just that act makes those slogans very, very relevant. Pasi nemharapatsetse, pasi nemhanduuuuuuuuu!

        • Yowe zvangu

          wataura chokwadi

        • MTAPE122

          Don’t just say zvausinga zivi, it wasn’t the MSC who said sanctions should be maintained but it was the US government. Same baba musango vukura zvamusingazivi.

      • kundai

        Objection – political maturity will never overtake Garwe at any level locally or regionally saka ukati statement raGarwe ndere ma younger dan l guess ndiwe YOUNGER muPolitics

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        Pamberi nevano tsigira ZANU PF! Pamberi ne vasina corruption! Pamberi nevasingade ma sanctions! Pasi ne vakaenda ku US Senate Committee in support of satanic sanctions. Pasi nemhanduuuuuuuu!


      Viva general of the people ,viva the commisar ,tokudai fulltime zimbabwe idzokere mugwara

      • TruthHurts!

        Are you suggesting that a whole President is not mature in politics? That statement and pasi nanhingi l relevant given that we still have political crooks and sellouts who go abroad and bad-mouth their own country and worst of all insist that sanctions should not be removed. In my own humble opinion I think such traitorous deeds unless they change also calls for the maintaining of the death sentence in statutory law even though I am against it. The act of five self individuals with egos as high as Mt Everest calling for punitive sanctions against 14 million people of their own fellow countrymen made me sick. just that act makes those slogans very, very relevant. Pasi nemharapatsetse, pasi nemhanduuuuuuuuu!

      • TruthHurts!

        Taura hako. Vamwe voona manje kuti ukapusa, kuita manyemwe, unotevera mudzimai arikukuramba ukasiya mazimanishoni ese uchimhanya kuenda ku-exile saKasukuwere, Jonso naMapfumo. Old Zanu(PF) isina bling yadzoka. Zvakutoda iya inonzi ‘loyal opposition’ kwete vatengesi, maAskari! Tinedadiso nemusangano uyu.

    • Munationalist

      I am also of the opinion that any dangerous or hate speech should not be outlawed in local and international politics, we need diplomacy instead of insulting others. In as much as I appreciate the current changes , I wish the leadership could avoid the following:-

      1. The term “pasi ” referring to another human being, must be abolished. Those who were at war knows what this means, the said individual must be killed. we can not be seen advocating for killing each other just because we have different view of achieving our goals.
      2. Mhandu – this term means any one who you shared the same ideas and ideology but have all of a sudden changed. It must never be a crime for some one to change their way of thinking, it must be their right. There are positive ways of dealing with different ideologies that labeling some one mhandu just because of thinking different over one issue.
      3. Mutengesi – labeling some one a sell out just because some one have a different approach to the creation of relationship with other groups is definitely being to back wards, we need to let people have freedom to associate without being labeled mutengesi.

      These are some of the new reforms the new president must address and use to reform the revolutionary party and win the people’s hearts, any thing which suppress the will of the people will not stand the test of time. The you generation, which are the majority of voters does not want to be squashed, they want their space, you know this especially if you are a father, you girls and boys want to put on the bum shorts, trendy styles etc. We allow them at home to do so, lets allow their minds to flourish in the political field too.

      We also as Zimbabweans have to stop being political fanatics, but we need to be realistic, where our party is doing good lets applaud them, where its going wrong lets have open space for constructive criticism.

      Political tolerance must be preached and good ideas from any political party, or party member must be accepted, not challenged just because it was from the opposition. Instead we must work as Zimbabweans throughout.

      • TruthHurts!

        What you have said only makes sense if the actions of the dissenting group or their contrary views are not used to imperil the lives and livelihoods of the generality of the Zimbabwean population as Messrs Dhewa Mavhinga, Welshman Ncube, Nelson Chamisa, Tendayi Biti and Peter Godwin did. Sanctions are known to contribute to the high death rates of ordinary people in the sanctioned countries. I think you remember odious and vile US Ambassador Dell trilling happily that the life expectancy of black Zimbababweans had regressed to pre-1955 levels…and you want people to look aside when architects of invisibilised mass murder destroy lives. What is the difference between their actions and that of Morrison Nyathi. When you turn on your own people and choose to sup with the devil why should your own people think that you need to continue being a part of them? Ridiculous!

      • succuba

        Well said.

      • RejectedStone, Cornerstone

        Thank you

    • RejectedStone, Cornerstone

      But that war-mode is not very helpful at the moment. They should be “pacifying”. The war-college should change its syllubus to include things like yoga and the teachings of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Maoist teachings will lead to unnecessary attention lol.

      ..and I quote “More and more people have come to understand that you can’t create lasting peace through the use of force. There needs to be a new approach based on peace of mind. Therefore, it’s necessary to identify factors like pride, anger and jealousy that disrupt inner peace and take steps to counter them. We need to observe an emotional hygiene that corresponds to the physical hygiene with which we protect our physical health” Monday Message from the Dalai Lama.

      • TruthHurts!

        You are right that we must continue our existence as the peace-loving people that we are. The war-mode you refer to is not a war per se but the extraction from our midst of that incorrigible, rouble-raising, conniving anti Zimbabwe and anti-people thug politician who is in politics not to do good for their country but do good for foreigners and their countries as long as they facilitate him/her to have ‘latent power’! That type of confusionist has to be removed from our midst. How do you explain away the way in which our people’s euphoria was dampened by just five rogue politicians out of 14million Zimbabweans a few days only after a new President had taken over? How do you pacify a young person who had been thinking about, and waiting with high expectations for the day there was to be a change of President? Thoughts and expectations about how his/her chances of getting a job would increase with the expectations that the sanctions tied to the former President would be removed…then enter Biti, Chamisa, and company to savage his/her dreams. Do you pacify that young person by explaining away these rogue politicians misdeeds with the biblical ‘only godknows’ acceptance of the defeated or you would want someone in power to do something about it.

    • Prophet Dick Mbolton

      makoshiwa isu takarwa ku Zapu front

      • TruthHurts!

        Old Zapu and old Zanu are now one party known as Zanu(PF)! There is no good or bad in the two. Today the highest ranked and the nation’s top soldier in the defence forces is General Phillip V. Sibanda. Saka hapana watingati akanganwikwa apa because its all about Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans! All one needs to do is excel in whatever they are doing without sellingout like Chamisa and Biti! We are one save for the political crooks who are in politics and other money-grubbing ventures for themselves!

      • RejectedStone, Cornerstone

        Zipra gave us a hard time in Nyakapupu lol. They werw fully communist! Even some MK/CPSA fighters were among them saying “Hapana chinozi muzimu” in their broken shona. And Zanla was telling us about Nyika yababa, yemadzitegeguru!! There was a conflict of course!! Zanla and Zipra vaidziridzirana pfuti kkk

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    ZANU and the words ‘retire’ or ‘resigns’ are like water and oil. It’s just not in Zanu DNA. So you know kuti when a Zanuoid ‘retires’ pane dhiri ririkurongwa. Chipembenene kupinda munzeve yemwana

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Why worry about our party, ZANU PF , you MDC myopic and incorrigible nincompoop. Positive dynamics in our party are not meant to please political sellouts. A living party is characterized by timely necessary changes, pro bono publico. Our is not like your MDCT.

      • yowe

        Usatuke munhu for having a different opinion.It shows how shallow you are

        • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

          Saka urikuti ndakatuka avo vakaenda kunotaura zvema sanctions ku US senate ndiri shallow,just because they have foolish and unpatriotic opinions? It is true that human rights includes the right to be ignorant and foolish. But kuuya padare panotaurwa zvine basa wo taura hogwash is not an acceptable right to waste our time. KKKKkkkkkk.

      • Madara

        no one cares about mdc or zanu. if you are in power whatever party or whoever you are do your job or face the wrath of the people

        • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

          ZANU PF has done well over the years. Its the opposition losing parties that will face the wrath of the people ballot box wise. We care about our ZANU PF. You dont care about your MDCT . You allow your party leaders to go and ask for more tough sanctions against our government new trajectory to improve the people`s lives. Hamunyare . Pass nemhanduuuuuuuu!

      • Moe_Scyslack2

        I’m not even MDC. I’m just a normal Zimbo concerned we are descending into a junta. Ndorega kutaura nekuti some idiot will call me MDC?

        • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

          Why do you deny being MDCT when you share their sellout views? Kkkkkki.

      • succuba

        And 37 years is a timely necessary change?

        • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

          We are not talking about one change. There are many landmarks of change within our party and policies over the years. E.g . Land reform, gender reform , etc.

  • garanga

    Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for retiring Chihuri!

    He destroyed many good police officers and the entire policie service, running it like a private company and corrupting their moral fibre. Using them like errand-boys or errand-girls to serve his whim and raise money for his consumption.

    • matigari

      I agree with you.

  • Takamudonhedza Zvejende

    He risked his neck. He must be rewarded. He helped the nation. To hell with G40. Tikufara isu…!!!

  • Tsvakai

    Moyo must be a lucky name! Jonathan Moyo; SK Moyo; Sibusiso Moyo; July Moyo; Elson Moyo. Anyone know the history and demographics of the name?

    • http://masimbamusodza.co.uk Masimba Musodza

      It is the name of the Rozvi Mambos.

  • jacs

    Musafare! Chihuri anogona kuitwa VP. Kkkkk

    • House Arrest

      God forbid!!!!!!!!!

  • Ray Mbada

    Ikodzero yaro datya kugara mutsime rangu asi kwete kuzondiwudza kuti mudhara vakirai tsime ha-ha-aa the opposition should stick to its mandate of opposing not to tell the opposed what to do or how to do it. And if anyone thought this was a chance for the lazy opposition to be included in the government, that was day-dreaming which ends as the day ends.

  • Samanyika

    This whole thing is a fiasco and is so pathetic. We wait and see. Time will tell.

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Iwe wasu, what is pathetic and a fiasco. Dont try to comment on issues beyond your reasoning capacity. Ziva zvekumenya tsenza chete iwe. KKKKKKkkkkki.

      • Madara

        so then you shouldnt try comment on anything

  • Samanyika

    This is the thing my friend. We have been dragged deep into the mud

  • Ijaha leNkabazwe

    I hope General Phillip Sibanda will professionalise the army. Officers should not be forcing people to support a certain political party. I actually take issue with Mtsvanga ‘s call for the army to campaign for the party.Some of us were thinking of voting the party due to the opposition being in disarray but now eish.Thanks to the army for stopping Ntombizodwa though

    • Viva

      Professionalism……kkkkkkkkkkk….how? How did he earn this appointment? Hhaahahahahahahah

  • Telescopic Images

    Militarization drive of civilian matters has begun! 2018 election results ndiwawa arikugadzirwa awa.And somebody is feebly saying we want free and fair elections, yet the results are already out in 2017!Note that these retirees are still part of the army worse still on promotion.They retire with higher posts so that they can still issue commands to their juniors in uniform!Remember once a soldier always a soldier!If anyone cannot tell what was going on behind the scenes during operation restore legacy,then you should begin to be afraid about what will be going on behind the scenes in the 2018 elections!!! No amount of voting will change things in Zimbabwe!The army are the only change agents in this country and they will remain so.People are just a pawn in this whole power matrix.The constitution is just the catalyst compliant in this whole saga capable of being manipulated.It’s now military state.Do you think these guys are retiring to become ministers and vice presidents for just seven months?Hell no!!A succession plan has been carefully planned here.You need to be super intelligent to see this because if you are averagely educated then you might find yourself celebrating this bad news!Anyway good luck to the new civilian guys in uniform! Tough luck to the voters in 2018 .To the people of Zimbabwe spare your lives by simply playing it cool next year otherwise any form of activism will get its fare share of abductions at night!

    • Tambai Chinemavende

      Wareva nemo, nemo! Sit back and watch! May the games begin!

    • Tateguru

      Ugly truth

  • eliah

    Welcome to real politics Rtd Gen Chiwenga, from the VP position you will be singing the chorus ‘Politics Lead the Gun’.

  • Tambai Chinemavende

    …pending redeployment! My foot! Who does not know where this is leading to? We saw this coming! Didn’t we? I said it a few a few days ago. Welcome to the military state of Zimbabwe! Telescopic Images, hats off to you. Indeed you can see far!

  • Zimbabwean

    How to fail volume 2 chapter 1

  • yowe

    Making Chiwenga VP will show that Operation Restore Legacy was indeed a coup and send a very bad signal to the world … Zvemunyika ino hazvisina sense

    • dlamini

      Who told you that

  • Zoomer

    we welcome the new developments… Chihuri had passed his sell by date… We are solemnly behind you comrades. Long Live Zimbabwe

    • Madara

      so has mangwangwa.

  • G Tichatonga

    Jaha…you think Chihuri made those roadblock decisions? Do not be hoodwinked – those were cabinet decisions. This is how the ZRP managed to buy those new cars and elegant uniforms you see. the principle is that he refused to participate in the mutiny.

  • chacha

    I agree on chiwenga but at the same time there is nothing for any zimbabwean to have ambitions to rule,its their democratic right whether its yu,me or Grace

  • TruthHurts!

    We have been a peaceful people all along and we will remain peaceful well into the future. We do not fight. Who doesnt know of families split into MDC and Zanu(PF) and yet remain united as family. That is the way it should be but we can not remain muted when the sellout party acts in ways that undermines the national fabric, NOOOO!!! That does not mean, too, we must visit violence upon them but that we must register our opprobrium to deter any similar trips in the future so that such trips cannot be undertaken again in our name!

  • TruthHurts!

    Educate me about the truth then! I want to learn.