Zimbabwe Army Warns Mugabe’s Party Against Purging
- November 14, 2017
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe who is also the leader of the ruling Zanu PF party has been warned by the Zimbabwean army to end the purging of liberation fighters in the party or they will step in.
The threat was issued at a press conference by the army commander General Constantino Chiwenga who said the infighting in the party is a security threat which is affecting the country.
He said since the turn of 2015, Zanu PF’s protocol and procedures have changed with a lot of gossiping, backbiting and public chastisement being the order of the day and reminded those behind that when it comes to matters of protecting the revolutions, the military will not hesitate to step in.
The commander warned the current purging of which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith.
The known counter-revolutionary elements who have fermented the current instability must be fished out,” General Chiwenga said in the presence of over 90 army chiefs.
The threat by the military follows the sack of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who was pivotal during the independence revolution.
He was also sacked from the party in which he was a strong contender to succeed Mugabe. Mnangagwa belongs to a faction in the party which is supported by the security services and war veterans.
A rival faction is also backing Grace Mugabe to take over from the president. Supporters of both factions have been at each other’s throats as Grace Mugabe and Mnangagwa openly engaged in conflicts that resulted in the latter’s sack.