Military on standby as Mugabe fears implosion

A RATTLED President Robert Mugabe has reportedly put the country’s military apparatus on standby, as fears of social unrest grow in Zimbabwe, NewsDay has learnt.

Source: Military on standby as Mugabe fears implosion – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 6, 2016

by XOLISANI NCUBE

The country’s security chiefs were reportedly in panic mode and late on Monday went into a closed-door session to devise a plan to deal with expected protests by pro-democracy groups beginning today.

Zimbabwe’s securocrats and the Cabinet security cluster, comprising of ministers responsible for Home Affairs, State Security and Defence, reportedly held an emergency meeting of the Joint Operations Command (JOC) on Monday, as fears of unrest grew.

Highly-placed government sources told NewsDay that the meeting “was a special one to specifically come up with strategies to deal with recent protests and planned ones”.

JOC normally holds its weekly meetings every Thursday.

“The police and the intelligence departments gave detailed reports on what happened in Beitbridge and how they contained the situation. During the presentation, it was noted that police officers, through their intelligence units, were aware of the planned (Beitbridge) demonstrations, but did nothing to contain the issue.

“State Security minister (Kembo Mohadi) raised questions why police did not prevent the protests by arresting the instigators,” a senior official, who attended the meeting, which lasted over four hours at Chaminuka Building, said.

Mohadi reportedly blamed the police’s inertia for the destruction of property that saw a Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) warehouse going up in smoke, as unrest hit the border town late last week.

Although acting Information minister Joseph Made refused to comment directly on the emergency meeting, he said government had put measures to ensure business would not be disturbed.

“We are appealing to our civil servants not to take heed of the proposed stay-away. Government is aware of those who are plotting to cause chaos in the country and the security departments will deal with them if they want to cause disharmony in our country,” he said.

Another government official, who attended the meeting said: “It was resolved to trace those who are suspected to be instigating the anarchy, with prime targets being Stern Zvorwadza (leader of the National Vendors’ Union of Zimbabwe), Tajamuka’s Promise Mkwananzi, Patson Dzamara of Occupy Africa Unity Square, Evan Mawarire, who leads #ThisFlag, the MDC-T leadership and diplomatic missions, particularly those of the United States and Britain, to see their involvement in these latest protests.”

The official added: “The meeting also resolved to deal with civil servants’ union leaders who are pushing for government workers not to go to work this Wednesday (today)”.

Apex Council, a body representing government workers, urged civil servants to go on strike from yesterday, demanding their June salaries.

Mawarire’s #ThisFlag movement has also called for a total shutdown of the country today to force government to deal decisively with the deteriorating economic situation as well as corruption.

The JOC meeting, sources said, decided security details would be deployed in the country’s potential hot-spots and monitor leading figures in the anti-Mugabe demonstrations.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said: “We are aware that criminal elements are instigating and inciting members of the public to engage in lawlessness such as burning of shops, tyres and any other forms of mischief. Police will be deployed to ensure safe passage to work.”

COMMENTS

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    Mukanya 6 years ago

    As expected, no wonder they are fully paid!! Oppression tools

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    Zimbabwean Abroad 6 years ago

    THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN!! LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTION!!

    Thank you brave Zimbabweans for standing up to these idiots. It was inevitable. The b457476s have no money to pay the civil servants, just loads in their foreign bank accounts. Make sure they are planning their exit strategies, because in this revolution they will all fall, Zimbabweans have had enough, time to do what the Romanians did to Bobs best mate Nicolae Ceaușescu get rid of all of them and put them where they belong, that’s PRISON. Looks like even the Military have had enough, but don’t trust them Zimbabweans, I can see a coup d’etat ordered by the Ngwenya. Be brave fellow Zimbabweans

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    lock us ALL up…….. WE are ALL tired ……of the threats……. that is your only solution to the problems……. IDIOTS

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    tonyme 6 years ago

    Real criminals are the people looting the money and sending it out of the country. People are tired. Zimbabwe is collapsing and people are starving. When will the government ever realize the amount of suffering going on? The unpardonable horrible situations are creating a generation of undereducated and unprepared children for life and employment. Is this what independence was all about?

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    Zimbabwean Abroad 6 years ago

    THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
    Song by the late great Gil Scott Heron

    You will not be able to stay home, brother
    You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out
    You will not be able to lose yourself on skag
    And skip out for beer during commercials
    Because the revolution will not be televised

    The revolution will not be televised
    The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
    In 4 parts without commercial interruptions
    The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
    Blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John Mitchell
    General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat hog maws
    Confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary
    The revolution will not be televised

    The revolution will not be brought to you by the
    Schaefer Award Theater and will not star Natalie Woods
    And Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia
    The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal
    The revolution will not get rid of the nubs
    The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner
    Because the revolution will not be televised, Brother

    There will be no pictures of you and Willie May
    Pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run
    Or trying to slide that color TV into a stolen ambulance
    NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
    Or report from 29 districts
    The revolution will not be televised

    There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
    Brothers on the instant replay
    There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
    Brothers on the instant replay

    There will be no pictures of Whitney Young
    Being run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process
    There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy Wilkens
    Strolling through Watts in a red, black and green
    Liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
    For just the proper occasion

    Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies and Hooter ville Junction
    Will no longer be so damned relevant
    And women will not care if Dick finally gets down with Jane
    On search for tomorrow because black people
    Will be in the street looking for a brighter day
    The revolution will not be televised

    There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock news
    And no pictures of hairy armed women liberationists
    And Jackie Onassis blowing her nose
    The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb
    Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom Jones
    Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdink or the Rare Earth
    The revolution will not be televised

    The revolution will not be right back after a message
    About a white tornado, white lightning, or white people
    You will not have to worry about a dove in your bedroom
    The tiger in your tank or the giant in your toilet bowl
    The revolution will not go better with Coke
    The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath
    The revolution will put you in the driver’s seat

    The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised
    Will not be televised, will not be televised
    The revolution will be no re-run brothers
    The revolution will be live

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    shephard 6 years ago

    zvanyanya izvi let the citizens demonstrate batayi mupurisa one mudire petrol motungidza hit those basturds

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    mandevu 6 years ago

    Zanu PF, if you really want to “deal with the security issues facing the country” it is actually quite simple – resign and let democracy take its course. If you don’t the outcome is going to be bad and you will all be ending your days in Chik

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    IAN SMITH 6 years ago

    Government is aware of those who are plotting to cause chaos in the country and the security departments will deal with them??????????????

    CHAOS HAS BEEN THE ORDER OF THE DAY FOR THE CITIZENS OF ZIMBABWE 20000 DEAD NDEBELES FARMERS ETC. DEAD RAILWAYS DEAD AIRWAYS DEAD MINING DEAD FARMING DEAD INDUSTRY NO JOBS WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?????????????
    TIME FOR ZANU PF TO FEEL THE HEAT AND REAP THE REWARDS OF MUGABE’S ORCHESTRATED CHAOS.

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    Tokolosh 6 years ago

    Zero Ability No Union Pathetic Fools

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    Doris 6 years ago

    You know what’s? In the real world under the same circumstances, the leader of the country would get up off his butt and address the Nation. Where is Mugabe? Does he leave all the talking to the idiot Supa?