from NDABENI MLOTSHWA in Bulawayo
BULAWAYO, (CAJ News) – THE Zimbabwean government has denied accusations by opposition and human rights groups that it is under the control of the military.
Accusations stem from the military ousting long time leader, Robert
Mugabe, in November, which paved the way for incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ascension to the presidency.
This has raised fears government would refuse to hand over power if the
opposition won forthcoming elections.
Vice President Kembo Mohadi however denied the accusations the military wielded any further influence in government and the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).
He said the new government received the mandate to govern from all
political parties in parliament, including the opposition.
Mugabe resigned as parliament was set to impeach him.
Mohadi pointed out there was a national protest by members of the public including opposition parties, human rights groups and churches demanding the veteran politician (Mugabe) to resign.
“ZANU-PF is not run by the military and we are not in the barracks,”
He pointed out liberation war credentials the ZANU-PF leadership held
should not be misconstrued to having a military government.
“Of course, President Mnangagwa is a trained soldier, I am a trained
soldier and VP (Constantino) Chiwenga is also a trained soldier because
that was our generation. We all went to war because it was a requirement
then to go and fight, but you can’t then say we are a military government
because we have all since retired from the military,” argued Mohadi.
He meanwhile dismissed assertions Mugabe suffered harassment in the wake of the factionalism that led to his ouster.
“He is at his house with his family and everything is going on well. He
was never molested. I don’t know where you are getting these ideas that we are a junta government,” Mohadi said.
In March, Mugabe convened a press conference where claimed he was
“unconstitutionally” deposed through a coup.
– CAJ News