That Zimbabwe is on the cusp of a military coup is out of question after the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, called President Robert Mugabe to stop Zanu PF succession wars that have cost the country over the last few years.
From Chiwenga’s utterances, it appeared he was miffed by the purge of former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa from both government and Zanu PF, and the ongoing expulsions of Mugabe’s former number two’s allies ahead of the December extraordinary congress, among other issues.
It is an open secret that the sacking of Mnangagwa could have triggered these developments, but we believe the generals could have engaged Mugabe as their commander-in-chief to express their concerns and resolve them in their closet without necessarily dragging the nation into this quagmire.
From a layman’s view, Chiwenga is on point when he claimed the ructions in the ruling party have cost the country and its population over the years as no meaningful development has taken place.
In fact, Zimbabwe has been in perpetual election mode since the coming on board of the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC almost 18 years ago.
There is no doubt that these Zanu PF leadership shenanigans affecting the country in general, must be treated with extreme caution.
But we believe military rule is unconstitutional and, besides, it may lead to further deterioration of the current situation. We have no doubt that Zimbabweans do not envy those countries under junta rule for many reasons.