Unpublished output of the head of the Zimbabwe army in the war of succession ravaging the ruling party, Zanu-PF.
On Monday, General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces, called for the immediate end of the purges against veterans of the war of independence, rallied to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, expelled from the ruling party.
In a brief statement to the military headquarters, Chiwenga denounced on Monday the ousting of the country’s vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and called for the “end” of what he described as a purge within the country. presidential party.
“We must remind those who are behind the current treacherous tricks that if it is to protect our revolution, we will not hesitate to intervene,” he warned.
This rare speech by the leader of the great mute Zimbabwean adds to the already heavy tensions in the country, especially in the presidential majority. In recent weeks, indeed, two camps oppose within the ruling party, Zanu-PF.
On the one hand, the indefectible President Robert Mugabe, and on the other, the supporters of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The latter, hitherto presumed to succeed the President of the Republic, was stripped of his positions as Minister of Justice and Vice President, before being banned from the ruling party for alleged attempts to plot against the leader of State.
But in his camp, we see in these accusations, the black hand of the First Lady Grace Mugabe, she too contender to the supreme magistracy, who would have orchestrated a smear campaign against Mr. Mnangagwa.
In this open war for the succession of President Mugabe, declared candidate for the 2018 presidential election, his former allies of the Association of Veterans of the War of Independence have chosen their camp.
Late last week, they openly supported Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and announced the upcoming creation of a revolutionary council to take control of Zanu-PF.