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    Gen Chiwenga speaks on succession


    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    GEZANI – Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantine Chiwenga has spoken on a subject related to succession, the first time he does so after President Mugabe warned Army chiefs to stay clear of politics.
    Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for a hospital to be built in Sengwe in Chiredzi South on Tuesday, Chiwengwa reiterated statements made by Army Generals before that the country can never be taken over by someone without liberation war credentials.
    The function was attended by several senior Army officers including Army Chief of Staff, General Trust Mugoba who made Zanu PF slogans at the end of the proceedings. 
    "We will never allow sellouts or whites to take over this country," declared Chiwengwa.
    Zanu PF is divided through the middle with two factions namely G40 believed to be led by the First Lady Grace Mugabe and Lacoste which is loyal to Vice President Mnangagwa fighting to take over power from the ageing President. G40 has few members who participated in the liberation struggle.
    General Chiwenga was recently accused by the First Lady of supporting Mnangagwa in the succession politics. Mugabe himself warned the Army last month to stop dabbling in politics and said such action was tantamount to a coup. He also announced that he was going to retire top Army generals before the end of this year and generals had tended to observe Mugabe's warning since then."Many lives were lost during the liberation struggle and that should give us more resolve on where we are coming from and where we are going as a country. We are facing many challenges as a people but we should not lose focus. The blood lost should not be in vain. We should continue to jealously guard our country and its sovereignty. We will never allow it to go into the hands of puppets or the whites," declared Chiwenga.
    The function was attended by Chief Sengwe, headman Gezani and other traditional leaders, MP for Chiredzi South Ret Brigadier Kallisto Gwanetsa, Chiredzi DA Lovemore Chisema, Chiredzi RDC CEO Isaac Matsilele and the chairman Edward Matsilele.
    Political commentator Dr Fidelis Duri said it is clear that the country is in election mode and these are Zanu PF tactics of intimidating the ordinary electrorate with empty rhetoric.top story news
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