Zim generals still in war mode - Mugabe
20 June 2013, 14:12
Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe reportedly
told regional leaders at the recent SADC summit that his country’s security
chiefs had still "not detached" from the liberation war mode, hence their
partisan and contentious utterances on political matters, according to a
News Day report.
Mugabe was responding to calls for media and security sector
reforms where his rivals, leaders from the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC), expressed concern over the country's partisan security
establishment as well as biased reporting in the state media.
Addressing a public dialogue meeting in Harare, an official
of the smaller MDC faction led by Professor Welshman Ncube, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said Mugabe
pleaded with SADC leaders and his political nemeses to treat the matter with
Misihairabwi-Mushonga said: "On the issue of rule of law, president
Mugabe said: 'I agree. There is something wrong with the statements
the security forces are making, However, let me explain to you why I
make the kind of statements that they make, these are people who were
during the liberation struggle and they have not disconnected themselves
the liberation struggle till today.
"As far as they are concerned, they are still in the mode of
the liberation struggle and we know we have to treat them with sensitivity, but
I agree we have a problem.' That was president Mugabe."
Several top securocrats are on record vowing not to
recognise an election outcome that did not favour Mugabe. Zimbabwe Prison
Service Commissioner-General Paradzai Zimondi has openly declared his
allegiance to Zanu-PF and urged his subordinates to vote for Mugabe in the
Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and Defence
Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga have also attacked Tsvangirai
saying he was a malcontent who they would not salute in the event he
defeated Zanu-PF in any election.
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