Zimbabwe prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai ‘a security threat’
Morgan Tsvangirai, the Zimbabwe prime minister, has been accused of being a security threat fronting Western
interests.President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF is fighting with Mr Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change over a new constitution and a date for elections after being forced into a unity government in 2009.
Douglas Nyikayaramba, a brigadier-general in the Zimbabwe National Army, told the official Herald newspaper in an interview that Mr Tsvangirai and his MDC party were working with Western powers to remove Mugabe from power.”Tsvangirai doesn’t pose a political threat in any way in Zimbabwe, but is major security threat. He takes instructions from foreigners who seek to effect regime change in Zimbabwe,” he said.”This is what has invited the security forces to be involved because we want to ensure we protect our national security interests,” he said.
Nyikayaramba’s comments came after Tsvangirai last weekend challenged military chiefs to remove their uniforms if they waMr Tsvangirai and his officials were not immediately available for comment.
Defence chiefs in Zimbabwe have in the past publicly backed Mr Mugabe’s candidature ahead of elections and have vowed never to salute a leader who did not take part in the country’s 1970s independence war, a reference to Mr Tsvangirai.
The MDC says security forces should stay out of politics and that the public support for Mr Mugabe is meant to intimidate the population into backing the veteran leader.
Mr Mugabe, 87, in power since independence in 1980, and his ZANU-PF wants elections to be held this year but Mr Tsvangirai says without a new constitution and electoral reforms, the ballot would not be free and fair.nted to challenge him politically.