Zanu-PF unfazed by Chiwenga . . . Raps him for treasonous statements . . . Reaffirms primacy of politics over gun

CDE KHAYA MOYO . . . “ZANU-PF will not succumb to any threats, least of all those driving from conduct that is inconsistent with the tenets of democracy and constitutionalism”

CDE KHAYA MOYO . . . “ZANU-PF will not succumb to any threats, least of all those driving from conduct that is inconsistent with the tenets of democracy and constitutionalism”

Herald Reporter—
ZANU-PF yesterday described as “treasonous” statements by Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga that the military will not hesitate to take corrective measures when they felt the gains of the liberation struggle were under threat. The revolutionary party’s national spokesperson, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, said Gen Chiwenga’s utterances were meant to incite insurrection and violent challenge to the constitutional order. Cde Khaya Moyo said Gen Chiwenga’s utterances did not represent the rest of the command element and were meant to disturb national peace and stability.“Consistent with the guiding principle of the national liberation struggle, the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) reaffirms the primacy of politics over the gun.

“It is against an understanding of this abiding principle that the statement issued by General Constantino Chiwenga purporting to speak on behalf of the Zimbabwe Defences Forces (ZDF) was not only surprising, but was an outrageous vitiation of professional soldiership and his wartime record as a high-ranking freedom fighter entrusted with command responsibilities in a free democratic Zimbabwe,’’ Cde Khaya Moyo said. The statement, Cde Khaya Moyo said, was designed to disturb the prevailing peace.

Commander of the Defence Forces, General Constantino Guvheya Nyikadzino Chiwenga

Commander of the Defence Forces, General Constantino Guvheya Nyikadzino Chiwenga

“Clearly calculated to disturb national peace and stability, the said statement by General Constantino Chiwenga which was not signed, and which did not represent the rest of the command element, suggests treasonable conduct on his part as this was meant to incite insurrection and violent challenge to the constitutional order,” Cde Khaya Moyo said.

“Indeed, this is what happens when the gun seeks to overreach by dictating to politics and norms of constitutionality,” he added. Zanu-PF, Cde Khaya Moyo said, would never submit to threats. As the party running the democratically elected Government of Zimbabwe, Zanu-PF will never succumb to any threats, least of all those driving from conduct that is inconsistent with the tenets of democracy and constitutionalism,” he said.

“Not too far back, the President and First Secretary of Zanu-PF, Cde R.G. Mugabe, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, reminded members of the uniformed forces of their subordinate place and role vis-à-vis the political authority of the land.”

He went on: “By yesterday’s reprehensible conduct, it would appear that this wise counsel not only went unheeded but was flagrantly flouted in deference to factional politics and personal ambitions. Such conduct stands unreservedly condemned not only in the party but also in our Southern African region and the entire African continent where subversion of constitutional authority is frowned upon and regarded as an absolute anathema,” Cde Khaya Moyo said

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  • Combatant (formerly Ex combat

    What statement did Chiwenga make. I have not seen it. Could you post it for us please Herald

    • Matoenda

      Hindsight is wonderful, but obviously this time around it won’t be Mugabe rewriting history or leaving his version of a memorable legacy.
      Bye Bye Mugabe University, bye bye Mugabe airport, Mugabe airlines, Mugabe luxury overseas mansions, Mugabe billions in offshore accounts.
      I’m sure Zimbabwean citizens will remain civilised and not immediately tear down all symbols marked with the name of Mugabe until they’ve decided on replacement names for true heroes?

    • Kwangwari Gwayendepi

      I just finished listening to the General’s statement. It’s very powerful . The video is on YouTube under the title “Army will step in says Chiwenga” I encourage you to watch it and draw your own conclusion.

    • Ijaha leNkabazwe

      It was censored out of the Herald by the “criminal element”. I hope they arrest the lot of them

    • Mugavimbi_Naledi

      did you die a little, maybe?

    • Yowe zvangu

      yes pliz herald…don be biased..post it

  • succuba

    ZANU-PF yesterday described as “treasonous” statements by Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga – HERALD

    So will General Chiwenga be arrested for treason as a few people got arrested for harmlessly booing at a rally?

    • ELLAZWURLD

      Good question. Spot on.

  • Piankhi

    I have not heard the President firing Chiwenga? And if his statements were treasonist why is he not fired. But he fired Mnanagagwa simple for disrespect, deceit, and not doing his job. But Chiwenga is still employed. It show the truth of why the old man got rid of ED. Fear from the political challenge for President. This old Zombie and his illiterate wife time is over. I am glad Chiwenga put his ** on notice. It has been to long and this ** mind he has lived is coming to an end. All cowards has their day. And this coward’s day is long over due and come to term.

  • Community Youth

    Is The Herald in sync with what is on the ground?

  • It’s TOOMUCH

    Burn DOWN ROMAN CATHOLIC VAMPIRES .

    PAMBERI NEmi va CHIWENGA . VANA AVA.

    KHAYA MOYO = zombie chipanga ma robot a disgrace

    • Hacha Duke of Enkeldoorn

      How do Catholics come into this. Tikwanire – fara zvine mwero.

  • Bornwero

    Hopefully this is the dawn of a new era that we all hoped for

    • mbuya oni

      YOU HAVE TO BE LAME TO THINK THIS….IF YOU THINK YOU SUFFERED BEFORE WAIT UNTIL THE STATE IS TAKEN OVER BY MILITARY AND HANDED OVER TO A FAR WORSE MAFIOSO WHO NKW ENJOY MILITARY PROTECTION FOR THE NEW LOOT COMING

      • Mukotami

        We have seen worse things already, been to the edge and back and nothing seems sweeter than change, any change, at least if its worse we will say tingagodii tichitongwa nemasoja, suffering under a civilian gvt is bad.

  • ZVAKWANA

    GO GENERAL CHIWENGA , THATS
    WHY U ARE THEH !!

    ngochani ngadzipiswe

  • observer

    Herald kusara chaiko ndokwamakachaita….majaira kucontrollewa ne G40 manje zvinezvi nyika yakuzodzoka kuvanhu masikati machena

  • Voltron Force

    Dear Herald, have you not seen the memo yet? You need to shift your bias. Remember the cup saying ” I’m the Boss”.

  • Guy

    Chamunorwa who is aged, Chiwenga who is 61 or Mugabe who is 93. I am 100% behind our military. Anyone is better than Grace.

    • Chamunorwa

      Both are quite antiquated. Chiwenga is a soldier and he simply has no business interfering in political processes.

  • Weston Mugocha

    Mis-calculated and mis-timed statement. Khaya Moyo didn’t see the whole panel of our respected defence forces issuing a press statement through the general? Pathetic to say the least.

  • Guy

    I urge you all to not spew hate speech. Remember Rwanda. Let us all write responsibly. We all are happy with the current dispensation and let us give the Army the chance to put our House in order.They have stated that they will hand power over to civilian rule which is very logical. Be still…..

    • chaminuka

      If you believe that then I have a piece of land to sell you in arabia..

  • Isac Hunt

    What are you guys going to do for a job tomorrow ?

  • denny

    Nonsense if you have nothing meaningful to say go to the toilet.

  • denny

    You are obsessed with the Catholic church?

  • Ijaha leNkabazwe

    So act against Chiwenga wena Moyo.I am glad a miracle has finally happened in my country. It does not matter how you look at it, the military is stopping the dynasty in its tracks!!I don’t like the generals but I am with them on this one.

  • Ijaha leNkabazwe

    Kikikikiki say it gain comrade:The idiots are getting a hiding .2017 is the best year for Zimbabweans all over.

  • sylvia101

    Hey! Why aren’t you reporting that the rubbish-trash-mugabe family is under house arrest??

  • Citizen

    check Ceasar Zvayi on twitter……..

  • zimbotry

    Perhaps Grace and the Youth wing will take on the Army with electrical cables.. …

  • Mugavimbi_Naledi

    did you die a little, maybe, like Combatant (formerly Ex combatant?

  • Wasu Pa Internet

    I have a feeling this is the last piece of Bull sheet from The Herald we will ever read!!….Just a feeling!

    THANK YOU MR CHIWENGA! Zvange zvanyanya!!

  • Nechinanga

    The saviors you refer to were also complicit in that looting.

  • Kwangwari Gwayendepi

    From the video i watched,all the divisions of the military were represented. Moyo doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The army spoke with one voice

  • James Bhora

    The army must step up their campaign until the landlocked country is free from ZANU

  • observer

    zvinonzi KGVI , IV is 4 in roman numerals, wakutotdzerawo newsday journoz vanotadza zvakapusa

  • Jay

    It happens repeatedly. The people all support the liberation struggle, and then the top commanders say nice things, but rob the coffers, and leave the country even worse off. And we buy it every time!

  • Chamunorwa

    There you are. Nearly swearing at a person you do not know and cannot see. What’s the point?