Zim generals still in war mode - Mugabe

2013-06-20 11:17
Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and President Robert Mugabe (File, AFP)

Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and President Robert Mugabe (File, AFP)

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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 sensitivity.

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 think they make the kind of statements that they make, these are people who were with us during the liberation struggle and they have not disconnected themselves from 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 coming elections.

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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