By Daniel Chigundu
COMMANDER of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) general Constantine Chiwenga says the military is worried by the current purging in Zanu PF which seems to be targeting people with liberation war history.
Zanu PF is currently embroiled in factional fights over succeeding President Robert Mugabe who will turn 94 years in February next year.
The succession fight has claimed such cadres as Joice Mujuru, Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo, Christopher Mutsvangwa and more recently Emerson Mnangagwa.
War veterans have also not been spared by the fights which are said to be spearheaded by such factions as Lacoste, G40 and previously Gamatox.
Addressing the media, General Chiwenga said the purging is worrisome as it has also affected development in the past 5 years.
“The current purging and cleansing process in Zanu PF which so far is targeting members associated with our liberation history is a serious cause for concern to us in the Defence Forces. As result of squabbling within the ranks of Zanu PF, there has been no meaningful development in the country for the past 5 years.
“The resultant economic impasse has ushered in more challenges to the Zimbabwean populace such as cash shortages and rising commodity prices,” he said.
Since the end of the inclusive government in 2013, the economic situation in the country has been deteriorating to the extent that people are now sleeping in bank queues trying to withdraw their money.
Companies in the manufacturing are closing owing to lack of foreign currency to import raw materials for such goods as fertilisers, sanitary pads and tyres among others.
General Chiwenga said the revolution path is replete with conduct and rebellion by people who have attempted to destroy the revolution from within, adding that the military is however not surprised.
“The current shenanigans by people who do not share the same liberation history of Zanu PF are not a surprise to us…” the general added that they have defused similar rebellions in the past “…but at no point did the military usurp power.
“We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matter of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in,” he said.
The ZDF Commander added that while people may be persuaded to take what is going on in Zanu PF as internal political matters in that party, the truth remains that Zanu PF’s conduct and behaviour as a ruling party has a direct impact on the lives of every citizen.
Chiwenga said the military will continue to keep a close eye on developments happening in Zanu PF.
“From a security point of view, we cannot ignore the experiences of countries such as Somalia, DRC, Central Africa Republic and many others in our region where minor political differences degenerated into a serious conflict that has decimated the social, political and economic security of the ordinary people,” he said.