Military intensifies campaign for Zanu PF
SECURITY chiefs, under the banner of the Joint Operations Command (Joc),
which brings together army, police and intelligence chiefs, are making
preparations to dispatch senior officers to the country’s 10 provinces to
spearhead Zanu PF election campaigns, the Zimbabwe Independent can reveal.
Report by Elias Mambo
Army insiders said Joc commanders have been meeting at the Zimbabwe National
Army (ZNA)’s KG VI headquarters for a number of months to strategise to
ensure a Zanu PF win in the forthcoming elections.
Highly placed sources said retired Air Vice-Marshal Henry Muchena, who is
running the Zanu PF commissariat department with former CIO director
internal Sydney Nyanhongo, are working with Joc members to ensure a Zanu PF
Under the plan Major-General Engelbrecht Rugeje will be deployed in Masvingo
while Brigadier-General David Sigauke will be in Mashonaland West and
Major-General Douglas Nyikayaramba will replace Brigadier-General Charles
Tarumbwa, who manned Manicaland in the 2008 disputed elections.
Retired Major-General Victor Rungani will co-ordinate campaigns in
Mashonaland East, while Vice Air-Marshal Titus Abu Basutu will be deployed
in Matabeleland South with Brigadier-General Sibusiso Moyo in Midlands.
Brigadier-General Sibangumuzi Khumalo will campaign in Matabeleland North
whereas Colonel Chris Sibanda will be in Bulawayo and Retired Air Commodore
Michael Karakadzai will cover Harare.
Brigadier-General Etherton Shungu will be in charge of Mashonaland Central
“This is not something new because after the 2008 disputed presidential
elections, 200 senior army members were deployed and spearheaded a campaign
which forced Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to pull out of the
presidential run-off,” said the source.
Director of public relations in the ZNA Lieutenant-Colonel Alphios Makotore
confirmed receiving the Independent’s inquiries on the deployments last week
and promised to respond appropriately.
“We received your questions and we are still working on them. We are going
to respond to them,” Makotore said.
Zanu PF has been militarising its structures since the party lost the 2008
elections and some reports claim it has “replaced its defunct district
coordinating committees with the military which is co-ordinating the
Security service chiefs have openly declared their political loyalty to
President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF.