Mutsekwa meets with top military brass

Giles Mutsekwa

By Tichaona Sibanda
26 April 2013

Giles Mutsekwa, the MDC-T’ secretary for Defence and Security, has said his exchange of views with the country’s top military brass in recent meetings have been very productive.

Mutsekwa, a retired army major, confirmed meeting the Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander General Constantine Chiwenga, Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and leading military securocrats, Major-General Martin Chedondo and chief of staff and quartermaster Major-General, Douglas Nyikayaramba.

He told SW Radio Africa on Friday that his meetings had been planned for months and were tied to the holding of harmonized elections in the near future.

‘I have met some of the military chiefs but not all of them. This is a process and I’m hopeful that very soon, I will be able to meet with the rest of the service chiefs,’ he said.

The military brass has a long history of involvement in the country’s politics. Before each election in the last decade the self-appointed defenders of Robert Mugabe have said they will not allow the ZANU PF leader to be defeated in a poll.

Solomon Chikohwero, a retired airforce officer and former intelligence chief of the MDC-T, told us that with an election looming the generals are not certain or convinced Mugabe will retain power. Such meetings are inevitable as the military brass look at the possibility of ZANU PF losing an election and what that would mean for their future.

‘Even the most hard-core defenders of ZANU PF will want to sit down and discuss their concerns should there be a change of government. What is certain however is that if Tsvangirai wins the poll, the generals will have a choice to make? Its either they salute and agree to work under him or resign.

‘Also while the majority of the generals might not agree to work under Tsvangirai, I don’t think they lose anything by listening to what they may offer in case the MDC wins the elections.

Chikohwero said these worrying times for the service chiefs who have so loyally saved Mugabe and ZANU PF for over three decades. Suddenly they realise things may be different in the future.

4 Responsesto “Mutsekwa meets with top military brass”

  1. dumbu says:

    VaMutsekwa, natsoendai navo vose. Tinozviziva kuti Tsvangirai akahwinha hapana chinoitika nokuti vose vaneta nezvaMugabe.

  2. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    The loyalty of the security forces of Zimbabwe is unquestionable. They know where their allegiances lie, have said it publicly and can never be influenced by the press or Giles Mutsekwa for that matter. Of course, the army generals are servants of the people and as such can liaise with any member of the public on matters of concern, including Giles Mutsekwa, the MDC-T Secretary for Defence and Security.

    • Tiger Shona says:

      We know why they act so loyal; they are trying to retain all their stolen goods. One more time you are in these columns and again making a fool of yourself.

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Tell the readership why I am making a fool of myself when I am saying it as is, mate? This is not rocket science, or my own invention or creation, mate as the security forces of Zimbabwe have been very categorical on which political party and government they pay their allegiance. Their views in this regard are in black and white and why don’t you accept the idea that I am reiterating what is already known and in the public domain?
        The security forces of any civilized nation pay allegiance to any serving government of the day and natural will give their full weight and support to R. G Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai government. They will do the same, in the event Tsvangirai, Ncube, Mutambara, Simba Makoni and Dumiso Dabengwa wins an election. That is how it works, mate.

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