Zimbabwe military says it has no role in ZANU-PF succession politics



Zimbabwe National Army boss Lt-General Valerio Sibanda says the military has no role in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front succession politics so anyone who is involved in corruption should carry his own cross instead of blaming it on political persecution.

Sibanda told the Sunday Mail that the military did not play any role in politics, especially in the succession politics in ZANU-PF where people are vying to succeed 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Mugabe’s wife, Grace, are said to be the leading contenders and those who are currently being investigated for corruption have blamed it on factionalism with the party.

Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo and Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere are allegedly being investigated for corruption, Moyo for allegedly abusing the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund, and Kasukuwere for allegedly selling stands.

Moyo and Kasukuwere are said to belong to G40, a faction within ZANU-PF that is allegedly pushing for Grace to succeed her husband.

“We are not playing any role (in politics),” Sibanda told the Sunday Mail. “That field is for the political parties, in this particular case I guess you are talking about ZANU-PF. In ZANU-PF the military has no role to play in terms of succession politics, and that is the long and short of it.”

The military is allegedly behind Mnangagwa who was Defence Minister during the transitional government and also served as Minister of State Security in the first seven years of independence.


See also:

Mugabexit- Bob’s lieutenants reportedly ready to skip the country any time
Mugabe says ZANU-PF risks split over succession

Mugabe says the so-called succession rift between Grace and Mnangagwa is “rubbish for the dustbin”

Zimbabwe succession already decided



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