Army set to campaign for ZANU PF

Army set to campaign for ZANU PF

Source: Army set to campaign for ZANU PF | Daily News

HARARE – The ruling Zanu PF will count on the army and traditional leaders for its campaigns in the 2018 harmonised elections.

“We are going to campaign for Zanu PF along with our army, which is the best in the world and also traditional leaders,” said war veterans’ chairperson, Chris Mutsvangwa, who is also a special advisor in the President’s Office.

In the 2002 and 2008 polls, the military was accused by the opposition of running a campaign of terror that led to loss of innocent lives.

When Zanu PF was facing possible electoral defeat in 2000, its leader at the time general Vitalis Zvinavashe (now late) said the position of the president in the country was a straitjacket which can only be occupied by a person with liberation war credentials.

Last month, the army played a leading role in stampeding former president Robert Mugabe into resigning after it stepped in to target “criminals” around him.

Chairperson of the Chiefs Council Fortune Charumbira also weighed in yesterday, saying traditional leaders will support Zanu PF.

“We would like to thank the commander of the (Zimbabwe) Defence Forces (Constantino Chiwenga) for standing up and restoring order. As chiefs, we are actually planning to visit you.

“We are going to campaign for Zanu PF in the next elections. There will be chiefs and the army and Zanu PF. That is the differences between us and other parties that might also have T-shirts but don’t have war veterans,” said Charumbira.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu reacted angrily to Mutsvangwa’s utterances yesterday, saying the army must stay out of national politics.

“The MDC has always argued that the army is a national security establishment that shouldn’t be involved in partisan politics. The Constitution of Zimbabwe clearly and unequivocally states that the security forces should be apolitical and that they shouldn’t dabble in partisan political activism.

“The same situation applies to traditional leaders; they are also supposed to be apolitical. It appears that the more things appear to change the more they actually remain the same,” said Gutu.

Gutu said while Mugabe might be gone, Zanu PF remains unreformed.

“It’s more like changing the bus driver but using the same bus with all its defects and faults…

“War veterans are also expected to uphold the values and ethos of the armed struggle against racist colonial exploitation and subjugation,” said Gutu.

“These values and ethos entail that Zimbabweans should be allowed to freely associate with a political party of their choice without being forced and commandeered to belong to a particular political party.”


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    Kutama 2 years ago

    This is wonderful news for the world at large. I am quite sure that they will be delighted with such progress in democratic freedom. It is pretty obvious that sanctions will be lifted and the MDC, as spoken by David Coltart will tell everybody that all is well like it was in 2009 in the GNU? There will never ever be any rigging in the election in the future. Zanu are complete angels, of course. The IMF and the World Bank will now pour billions into such a wonderfully honest President and Zanu Govt. QED. One small bit of advice for Zanu – if you have Shiri in agriculture you really need to get the Fifth Brigade to assist him – they are world legends as professional soldiers.

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    Fallenz 2 years ago

    It’s pure pretense to say anything has changed… still no freedom, still no democracy, still colonized. The only thing that has ever changed is the colour of the colonizers who now rape the nation and steal its resources, destroy the economy and infrastructure, and enslave the people. That’s pure, unadulterated FACT..!

    When you’re surrounded by nothing but desert, you think the entire earth is covered by nothing but sand. Most in Zim are under 50 years, and have never experienced anything resembling actual democracy… so, they do not understand. They were born imprisoned by greed for wealth and power, so that is the world they know… just like living in a desert and thinking the whole world is nothing but sand dunes.

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    Flick 2 years ago

    “We are going to campaign for Zanu PF along with our army, which is the best in the world” …… ha!ha!ha!ha!ha! Chris Mutsvangwa is definitely living in cloud cuckoo land.