A coup was possible in Zim - official

2012-08-06 12:01

Cape Town - Economic and political tension in the last decade could have led to a coup d'état in Zimbabwe, but the country’s armed forces remained professional and loyal, a top army official has told the media.

According to the Herald online, Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perrence Shiri said the role played by the armed forces during the last "few years" made a difference between peace and conflict.

"We have all seen how in other countries' military forces have caused destabilisation by either taking sides to a political conflict or taking power through military coups.

"To this end, I would like to commend the Air Force of Zimbabwe officers for their discipline and loyalty, which saw to it that economic challenges did not degenerate into a conflict."

Shiri praised the defence forces for being exemplary.

"I thank the officers for their resilience during these trying times that we have gone through. We have been exemplary," he said.

He said the operating environment for the air force had been quite challenging because the country was under sanctions.

Sanctions, he said, were meant to make the citizens suffer so that they revolt against the government.

"The illegal economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the United States of America, Britain and allies were obviously aimed at hurting the ordinary citizens, reducing our capabilities and ultimately destabilising Zimbabwe.

"The economic hardships were aimed at reducing the quality of life of all citizens so that they can turn against the government."

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-06 12:07

    No the only reason they stayed loyal is that they know that Uncle Bob is the only person that can access the millions that he stashed for the top generals in overseas bank accounts- they know should they kick him out they say bye, bye to their "pension fund"

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-08-06 12:42

      What is illegal about the sanctions of the US and UK, they can pretty much do with their money and systems what they like? And if raping and killing opposition members is your idea of being professional, Shiri, you have a long way to go.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-06 13:19

      They have not stayed loyal to the Constitution of Zimbabwe. They have become loyal to ZANU PF and as such are political bully boys who under commanders such as Perence Shiri have committed all manner of crimes.

      boby.mafi - 2012-08-06 16:55

      They have been loyal to a political party and NOT to the country.This is the essence of what the not so intelligent Air Force Commander's words! Stupid guy.

      cuthbert.murwisi - 2012-08-07 10:06

      True. And this is the guy who was in charge of the notorious 6th Brigade that is accused of genocide in the 1980s. Who is he to tell us about peace?

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-08-06 12:16

    Mugabe is not stupid - it is the only group that he pays regularly and pays them WELL! This is while the rest of the country is starving and constantly victimized by the "army" for speaking out against uncle BOB... shame on them for enforcing the dictator's iron grip on defenceless people with the full might of an army...

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-06 12:42

    Such words of praise ... he forgets to mention the wealth in diamonds that bought the loyalty.

  • Warren Mudge - 2012-08-06 12:46

    Heavens, is this man an imbecile or what. There are no sanctions against Zim, only against him and other puppets of Mad Bobs elite loyalist high ranking stinking ANC supported members of his illegitimate ZANU Permanently F#*cked party. If there were sanctions would the likes of Shoprite be operating in that country. Stay close to Mad Bob at your peril. Your future is not guaranteed to be a cushy wealthy one. The people WILL one day defy you, hopefully in a peaceful manner, no bloodshed and you WILL be tried for all your ill deeds against your people.

      Mzimba58 - 2012-08-06 13:34

      Warren , You are suffering from Boer Mental Fatigue, You are hoping one day to wake up and be found in Prime Minister's Office!! No need for sanctions and we defeated you in Chimurenga!! So stop thinking that your Cousins Tony Blair and Cameroon can come back to colonise again, Never and Never again we fight again China and Russians are on our side!!!!

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-06 17:58

      So Mzimba. What is the Russian and Chinese for Baas. That is all that will happen to Zim. You will be colonized by white and Asian communists. Africans should start realizing that the world really don't gives a crap about them and their skin color but only the resources beneath the land they walk on

  • templar.known - 2012-08-06 13:10

    Please, Zim do not have an operational Air Force. They don't have a single, fully operational or combat ready squadron and their army is nothing more than a few thousand Paramilitary rabble with outdated weapons. They cannot coup anything.

      wekunetsavamwe - 2012-08-06 15:12

      You mean it the other way round,you have never been to Zim that's why you don't know what we got so better keep quite than to quack around when you know nothing about Zim

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-06 17:59

      The only thing that Zim has is Blackmasters that took control over the black people

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-08-06 13:15

    BS!! It didnt happen because Bob made sure they were well looked over while the rest of the country starved. They get all the food aid & US dollars. There is no way they would have stayed loyal otherwise.

      louiseroger.higham - 2012-08-06 13:26

      Absolutely. Mugabe is a sly sod.

  • kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-06 13:28

    Perence Shiri is the Commander who lead the 5th Brigade when it committed crimes against humanity in Matabeleland. If Mugabe goes and the incoming regime are not well disposed to him he can be arrested and tried for these crimes. Zimbabwe still has the death penalty. Guess why he remains loyal to Mugabe and the Mnangagwa the Cabinet Minister under whose political he committed these crimes.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-06 13:42

    The Zimbabwean security forces have remained loyal to the revolution they went to war for 30 years ago, spunning the rich rewards of selling out and preferring to earn the "worthless" Zim$. An inspiration to all revolutionaries!

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-08-06 14:05

      I wonder how bobs troops would fair against a FULL assault from the USMC.....If only Zim had oil.

      boby.mafi - 2012-08-06 16:53

      Maybe being revolutionary to you means shouting anti-western rhetoric and killing your own kith and kin.It probably means mismanaging a fairly good economy to its knees and blaming everything on anyone who tells you the truth.Zimbabweans are not that blind.We shall not be fooled by empty rhetoric of a mad regime that treats us like second class citizens in our own country...

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-06 18:01

      Bradley I'm sure we can lie to the US and hope. I know Ill be more than happy to help out

  • jabulani.ngwenya.90 - 2012-08-06 14:05

    Shiri, you are telling the truth. The coup was thwarted by your CIO who went around eliminating all possible leaders of a coup, not loyal forces. Every one is afraid to suggest such solutions because no trusts anyone in Zimbabwe. You suggest, you disappear or perish in ,some mysterious accident. You are even afraid yourself that is whty you are lmying in public in order to buy points for yourself and to protect your job. When another part takes over how are you going to protect yourself from the public? Think ahead.

  • warren.mudge.5 - 2012-08-06 14:26

    Mzimba58 Huuh , speak English man, good afternoon, here is your wake up call. You have already been re-colonized, only this time by your so called Chinese friends. Only you do not realize this as your mind is cloudy and fogged over by this hatred for anything Western, and meanwhile your beloved prez Mad Bob has sold your country, your resources and your souls as well, to China for a few lousy bucks. I am no farmer and you my friend are suffering from a major chip on the shoulder syndrome.

  • wekunetsavamwe - 2012-08-06 15:04

    ZDF the best ever.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-06 18:02


  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-06 15:53

    now they begging to get paid their salaries, while dictator Bob polishes his vault of blood diamonds.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-08-06 16:25

    Hey check, us baffoons have been protecting you from the likes of us. We have been screwing you over, but just remember it could have been worse!!

  • boby.mafi - 2012-08-06 16:47

    It is very lamentable that the so called Air force commander does not realize that he and the forces he leads have not only taken sides in Zimbabwe's political and economic crisis, they actually constitute the core of the side fighting against the citizens' will.Perhaps the most tragic realization from the apparently not so intelligent words ascribed to Shiri is that he takes citizens of Zimbabwe for granted and would like to dictate to them what freedom they can have and what role the army plays in a crisis.His patronizing attitude is disgusting to say the least.When an army rapes, maims, destroys private property to force upon the citizens that is more than just taking sides it is in effect a coup.Its indeed tragic that the seriousness of what the army including the air-force have done in the last 30 years has not yet dawned on the Shiri fella.No, we will not pat him on the back for not admitting the atrocities that he has committed.He shall not be rewarded for brutalizing us and then deny it.If he honestly is expecting any credit for the role he played in precipitating the crisis in our country then he is indeed more stupid than l had thought of him before.

      jephreys - 2012-08-06 16:55

      substantiate your claims

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-06 18:03

      Jeph the mere fact that BOB is still in control. The mere fact that the military is running the diamond fields

  • peter.mukorombindo - 2012-08-06 17:56

    With the situation back dating to 10 years the soildiers should have interfered. The goverment was no longer putting interets in its people. It was thesurvival of the fittest , we could have seen the Somalians type of life.

  • leonlysuzette.nel - 2012-09-12 13:24


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