BREAKING NEWS: We have made progress: ZDF

General Chiwenga

General Chiwenga

Herald Reporter—
The Zimbabwe Defence Forces say significant progress has been made in their operation to weed out criminals around President Mugabe adding that they had accounted for some of the criminals in order to bring them to justice though others were still at large. No names were given. The criminals, the ZDF said in a statement this morning, were committing crimes that were causing social and economic suffering in Zimbabwe.

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They said they were currently engaging with the Commander-in-Chief President Robert Mugabe on the way forward and will advise the nation of the outcome as soon as possible. ”Defence attaches accredited to Zimbabwe have been briefed to appraise their principals on the obtaining situation in the country,” the ZDF said.

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Bureaucrats had also been advised to brief their co-operating partners.  The ZDF implored other security services to continue operating and carrying out their duties without any form of impediment to their operation.

“While we appreciate the enthusiasm by certain individuals and groups within society, we want to make it clear that they should not purport to be speaking on our behalf,” they added.

President Mugabe chats with ZDF Commander General Constantino Chiwenga at State House 16 November 2017.

President Mugabe chats with ZDF Commander General Constantino Chiwenga at State House 16 November 2017.

“We will periodically make press releases to keep the public informed of developments in the country. The ZDF commended the nation for remaining patient and peaceful as they carry out the operation.

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  • Voltron Force

    Good Strategy, keep the old man visible to the world, whilst dismantling his support structure in the back ground. Guys, RGM does not have a leg to stand on in this issue. We need to remember the “choirmaster” who turned the tables is a lawyer who has known RGM for the past 40 years or so.

    Chiwenga and team won’t slip up. They don’t want it to be labelled as a coup but everything happening to other government arms shows so. No police, ministers being arrested. I trust they know what they are doing. This window dressing is necessary to rid the takeover process of being officially termed “rogue”. The attention that gets is not necessary.

    RGM is not coming back. If they decide to keep him, he won’t have any publicity and won’t be going to any foreign trips. if push comes to shove Chombo will announce a special congress (ZPF) before next week is out to get Ngwena back in. After that with G40 in prison, the elective congress will be fully behind Ngwena and that will be the end of RGM officially.

  • Mercy

    Don’t forget criminals lucking in Lacoste, in the war vets and some hiding in the armed forces! We need prosecution for crimes committed since 18 April 1980.

  • tisu anhu acho

    i couldnt have said it better. Well said. I salute u!!!

  • Progressive Zimbabwean

    This is my humble advice to the military. They have the support of the people. 100% of people I have spoken to want Mugabe gone. I was surprised even the rural folk in UMP do not want him anymore. So my suspicion is that he was feared rather than respected and the fact that the army which villagers thought was behind him has disowned him means the grassroot has a free mind to think without the shackles of fear. Mugabe is therefore so unpopular and it is not advisable to give him any bargaining power. He has none. De jure he might still be called President but de facto he is not. He does not have the legitimate authority to be calling himself president because the people within Zanu PF and outside Zanu PF do not want him to stay.
    Secondly, Mugabe is sly and any miscalculation on your part will lead to your ruthless decimation. He is ruthless and he would want to make sure once he comes out of this he get rid of any challenge or hurdle on his way. So never trust the charming smile. He did the unthinkable to some of his very close allies during the war. Ask some senior members such as Dumiso Dabengwa and Rugare Gumbo if you really want to understand Robert Mugabe. Dig deep into his relationship with the former generals Rex Nhongo and Tongogara. Look at what he has done to Joyce Mujuru and only recently to Emmerson Mnangagwa. He has no friend. His immediate target if given an opportunity would be Chiwenga himself.
    If the army were to just allow people to gather today in solidarity with them they would be surprised at the “real” millions that would gather.

    • obert

      you are right, but I’m also disgusted that the very same people who have been assuring us that Mugabe had the popular mandate, and who have shamefully been willing to beat up, rape, torture and otherwise remove the democratic rights of citizens to choose a leader they want, are now depending on those same citizens to help them oust Mugabe.

      Shame on the Herald reporters – none of you deserve to have jobs for your treason agains the Zimbabwean people.

      Shame on the Zanu Youth League, the War Veterans association and the military.

      Mugabe has had no popular mandate since 1998, and it is an outrage that it has taken 20 years for the military and party organs to take a stand. That they have done so is only because their poisonous snouts were removed from the trough, and not because of any concern for the public who pay their salaries.

      They will now use the people as a weapon to get their snouts back in the trough, and then immediately disgard those same people and resume their witch hunts for “agents” and “counter revolutionaries” with the active complicity of the Herald’s criminal journalists.

    • obert

      you are right, but I’m also disgusted that the very same people who have been assuring us that Mugabe had the popular mandate, and who have shamefully been willing to beat up, rape, torture and otherwise remove the democratic rights of citizens to elect a leader of their choosing, are now depending on those same citizens to help them oust Mugabe.

      Shame on the Zanu Youth League, the War Veterans association and the military.

      Mugabe has had no popular mandate since 1998, and it is an outrage that it has taken 20 years for the military and party organs to take a stand. That they have done so is only because their poisonous snouts were removed from the trough, and not because of any concern for the public who pay their salaries.

  • eliah

    Thank you General, whilst this statement does not inspire any confidence but will fuel rumor mill, i suggest you do these updates daily, and when the dust has settled and your party is aligned, it must urgently come up with a succession policy and also ensure that you put a cap on any future first lady so that there do not act as loose canons, their place should remain in the kitchen and ensuring that any president in power is in good health.

  • Observer

    But when they fired Joyce Mujuru no one said anything. The army did not even react. Why now? Is there something they are protecting ?

    • DrmurozviPhdZimEconomics

      mujuru did not have popular support in the party u wiill see in the coming election her party might not get even a sit

  • musa

    will the criminals in the lacoste faction be arrested too?

  • steve johnson

    Long live Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwean revolution! Those who put the President under house arrest are not revolutionaries!

  • yowe

    Please help us varume you are our last hope

  • Choga Chokuda

    To me the statement clearly shows that the ZDF has developed cold feet and Bob is still in charge. They are only helping him to weed out G40 criminals whom he was protecting. Hopefully they will convince him to resign or retire but constitutionally there are no reasons for that. With the smile on Chiwenga’s face compared to his combative stance on Wednesday, it seems Bob’s charm offensive has really melted his heart like a teenage girl being courted for the first time!

    • mabwe

      And it also means the masses must come in and the army should remain “neutral” as we deal with this once and forever!!!! it also shows that Zuma and Sadhaki are afraid of a prosperous Zimbabwe.

  • Taki

    The biggest crinminal is that person. Please weed him out imediately

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Its encouraging that peaceful dialogue is taking place to resolve the problem. We pray that our party ZANU PF will emerge stronger and united to continue governing this country. We should not give a political window to the opposition to govern our country because of their anti-revolution culture.

    • succuba

      Please give details with verifiable evidence that every other opposition party to zanu-PF has “anti-revolutionary cultures” (what ever that means)…

    • zimbotry

      Why do you think every opposition party is anti revolution? The people just what an end to the bribery and corruption that took place under your in denial party. It sounds like you have much to hide

  • kabija

    I thought tine mapurisa munyika medu, why would solders run after criminals while the police is AWOL?

  • Wakisai

    When parliamentary sessions resume next week, apart from raising questions over substitutes and replacements for official posts affected by ZDF rounding up suspected criminals, it’ll be interesting to see what motions will be presented to prevent Mugabe from resuming any official function within Government? I’m certain MPs from all parties will set aside their differences in the primordial interests of the nation, and unanimously vote for whatever constitutional measures are required to remove Robert Mugabe from the corridors of power in order to alleviate the suffering of the people. The sooner Parliament bites the bullet and accepts the ineluctable fact Mugabe’s 37 year reign is definitely over never to return, the sooner Zimbabwe’s long delayed reconstruction can start and the nation can assume its rightful place as a rising star among global economies.

  • MUJIBHA

    My question to all my fellow Zimbabweans. …is it the responsibility of the army to remove or initiate the removal of the president or through democratic free and fair elections….? What about if tomorrow we have a new president and the army did the same thing would that amount to hidden military rule?without taking any sides if the power is with the pple they should decide their own destination and not any security department. ..wht this means is that the army has always manipulated the country’s democracy. … am yet to be corrected on that cz I think the same army has been protecting the interest of their desired president….to me the army must protect the interests of the masses and not theirs. …we are creating a v bad precedence….in a democracy the power should be with the pple and not with the government…..I HAVE NO SIDE AT ALL

  • Jason Ordonez

    Can’t believe Bob is staying. The guy has, single handedly, bankrupt this country. How they picking out the criminals around him? If the guy stays then Grace will be the next president and then that means another 37 years of complete starvation, devastation, economic chaos, and no hope for the Zimbabwe ppl

  • Wayfarer

    Thank you for taking bold steps to bring real independence to Zimbabweans.Time up for the Mugabes

  • Lovemore

    After having been initially excited by the events that transpired a few days ago in Zimbabwe, I’m starting to see no ending sight. I’m tied of staying online to see if DeGrace and her kids are finaly gone. We have suffered enough and we as zimbabweans are a resilient people. A new zimbabwe shall be born soon. As much as I want to see mugabe gone, I still reserve a little respect for him. For being the only president I’ve ever known.

  • Cape Traverse Observer

    Hope new dictator is not as mean as Bob ! Hope everyone gets out alive !

  • Chief Justice Tatenda Rugare

    let us say he resigns, who will take over…. right they will start to fight for that post