|Bennet exposes MDC-T plot|
|Friday, 15 June 2012 12:00|
Chimanimani legislator Mr Roy Bennett saying his party will remove the incumbent service chiefs from their positions if it assumes power.
MDC-T’s attitude towards the security forces has attracted widespread criticism with analysts saying this was a clear demonstration that the Western-sponsored party was there to promote the interests of the country’s enemies.
Echoing MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai’s sentiments, the self-exiled Mr Bennett wrote on his Facebook wall on Tuesday evening that he was compiling a register he termed a “Rat List” of security personnel who would not be part of his party’s “government”.
“I am putting together a ‘Rat List’ of those in the security services who have become political animals and who will be unfit to remain in their jobs in a new Zimbabwe.
Mr Bennett mentioned Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga, Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri, Zimbabwe National Army Chief of Staff Major-General Martin Chedondo, Brigadier-General Douglas Nyikayaramba and Chief of Staff in charge of administration, Major-General Trust Mugoba, as his prime targets.
He also said another register would be compiled consisting of what he termed the “A List”.
Zimbabwe. The A List will remain confidential.
Bennett, a former member of the Rhodesian army.
The best person to talk to is the author and if he confirms that is when you can come to the party for comment,” said Mr Abednigo Bhebhe, the MDC-T deputy organising secretary.
Contacted for comment Zanu-PF Politburo member Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, said Mr Bennett’s remarks were tantamount to treason and should be condemned in the strongest terms.
“We do not want to mince our words on this issue. What Mr Bennett is saying is tantamount to treason.
“He and his lot in the MDC-T are part of the Rhodesian regime special forces. What he is doing is abuse of the social media.
Dr Ndlovu said Zimbabwe has the strongest security forces, comparable to none in the region since the days of the liberation struggle.
They should also access and benefit from those resources as citizens.
“Our youths should also block such efforts. Mr Bennett must come here and face prosecution,” said Dr Ndlovu.
Service chiefs have, however, reiterated that they will not allow any leader to reverse the gains of the liberation struggle.
He said as the army, their duty was to safeguard the revolution and they would not respect any leader who does not cherish what the freedom fighters fought for.