Breaking News:

Big Issues, Just In, Sub-Saharan Africa

Zim National Army Chases Police in streets

0

Johannesburg – Fighting in central Harare on Wednesday between soldiers and police was part of the ongoing faction disputes within the ruling Zanu-PF party over who will succeed President Robert Mugabe.

Civilians in the centre of Harare – some of them laughing – ran as members of the National Army, in full uniform, began chasing and clobbering members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

Several policemen were beaten while others ran for safety into the Central police station.

This tension erupted because General Constantine Chiwenga, 60, commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces since 2004, does not know whether his latest contract, which expired last week, will be renewed.

He openly supports vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, 74, to succeed Mugabe. Chiwenga, who was recently awarded his PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has always been clear that he is a politician before a public servant.

“Elections are coming and the army will not support and salute sell-outs and agents of the West before, during and after the presidential elections other than President Mugabe who has sacrificed a lot for the country,” said Chiwenga in an interview ahead of the polls in 2008.

For the first time Mugabe has hinted that Chiwenga and several other generals might be forced to retire in the ongoing scramble for power within Zanu-PF.

“We respect our defence forces, especially those who are at the top. Of course they will retire but we are going to find them room in government so that they do not languish,” Mugabe said at a rally last week.

Analyst Violet Gonda said: “It is common knowledge that the military supports Mnangagwa and the police support the G40 group. We should be concerned that this flare-up does not escalate.”

Gonda said the G40 group, trying hard to promote defence minister Sidney Sekeramayi, 73, as its leader to succeed Mugabe, is managed by Tertiary Education Minister Jonathan Moyo.

Moyo has had a chequered career within Zanu-PF. He is at present in an alliance with Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and First Lady Grace Mugabe. But Moyo is, Gonda said, “manipulating” the situation.

He is the one in control of G40. He used to control the state-owned media such as the main daily newspapers, The Herald and The Chronicle.

Moyo, Sekeramayi and other loyalists were given farms taken from whites since 2000. Mnangagwa, however, is understood to have since paid some compensation to the farmer he evicted.

Gonda and other analysts say that if Chiwenga and others are forced to “retire” – perhaps to take up posts in the small and financially stressed diplomatic service – Mugabe might move even further to ensure the party’s constitution is changed to allow Grace to be a third vice-president.

“Many would wonder what will happen if Mugabe gets rid of Mnangagwa to make way for G40’s preferred candidate Sekeramayi,” Gonda said.

Mnangagwa is accused by many of having played a key role as security minister in the shocking massacres of opposition supporters in the two Matabeleland provinces from 1983 to 1987, which saw thousands killed by a North Korean-trained brigade which operated outside the national army.

Related Posts

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • JB attends BT synod centenary… calls for unity and hard work – honours late Matenje

    By Arnold Mnelemba Former President Dr. Joyce Banda on Sunday, November 8 attended celebrations marking 110 years of service for late Harry Kambwiri Matecheta, the first Malawian Church Minister of Blantyre Synod in the Church of Central African Presbyterian. The celebrations were held at Bemvu Congregation of Ntcheu Presbytery of Blantyre Synod. Before the ceremony,…

  • Minister urges MPs to lead in National Forestry Season

    By Faith Mwafulirwa The Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Nancy Tembo on Thursday presented in the National Assembly a ministerial statement on the National Forestry Season and Launch of National Clean-Up Day scheduled next Month. In her presentation in Parliament, Tembo reminded all Malawians that every Malawian is charged with the responsibility of protecting…

  • WE NEED HEALTHY CHAM – Health minister orders CHAM Officials

    As the country’s public health continues undergoing serious renovation in the way it has had been operating, healthily looking Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda on Wednesday ordered Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) to strive in giving the public the desired healthy health services. Chiponda made the remarks during the interface she had with…

  • K79 MILLION BRIDGE HANDED OVER TO VILLAGERS IN TA KALUMBA & CHADZA -Community hails Chakwera govt for the initiative.

    By Daniel Namwini – MANA Members of parliament for Lilongwe central constituency Hon. Lobin Lowe and Msozi North constituency Hon. Sosten Gwengwe who are also Ministers of Agriculture and Trade respectively on Friday handed over the newly constructed concrete bridge worth K79.8 million from Roads Authority. The Community members from Traditional Authority (TA) Kalumba and…

  • HRDC APPLAUDS AGRICULTURE MINISTRY-Says AIP has registered success despite challenges

    The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has applauded Ministry of Agriculture for a good progress the Ministry has registered in the implementation of this year’s farm inputs subsidy called Affordable Inputs Program (AIP). The coalition has made the remarks this morning at their press briefing in Lilongwe saying despite many challenges the Ministry encountered during…

  • GO TO THE FIELD AS FARMER TUTORS – Nkusa orders Mwimba graduands.

    The Deputy Minister of Agriculture Agnes Nkusankhoma, MP, has challenged the graduating students from Mwimba college of Agriculture to go in the field to serve the farmers and not to boost out to them. Nkusa made the remarks Friday morning at Golden Peacock Hotel when she presided over 18th graduation ceremony for the students who…

css.php