06-30-20 by Spotlight Zimbabwe

Net closing in on Mnangagwa coup rumour instigators- Defence Minister

HARARE – The government on Monday said it was not taking lightly attempts to instigate instability in the country through spreading rumours of an imminent coup, and will bring to book those peddling the falsehoods.

Early this month, the government and security services dismissed reports of an imminent coup, saying this was part of a wider plot to destabilise the country.

This was after various online media carried claims of an imminent military coup backed by opposition and disgruntled former members of the ruling Zanu PF party.

In dismissing the alleged coup, Home Affairs Minister, Kazembe Kazembe said not only were the rumours of a coup false, they were meant to instigate it and trigger instability in the country.

Kazembe said self-exiled former Cabinet Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, opposition MDC-Alliance member Job Sikhala, a number of civil society organisations and certain diplomatic missions were actively supporting and peddling the false coup narrative.

And on Monday, Defence and War Veterans Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri told Parliament that such misinformation was dangerous and purveyors of it ought to be dealt toughly.

“These are people who are bent on bringing the country into disrepute so I cannot tell you how we are going to deal with it but the net is closing in on them, I can assure you. This is not something we can take lightly,” she said.

She said the Zimbabwe Defence Forces was a professional unit, which carried out its duties in terms of the Constitution.

“We are dealing with it. We have to deal with it because they misinform (the public). We already have a bill to that effect on how we deal with people who peddle lies particularly on security situations because what we want is for our people at every given time to have confidence in their own security forces, their capacity and capability to protect the people of Zimbabwe and also for us to be able to operate and ensure that we develop our country.”

Meanwhile, Muchinguri-Kashiri denied reports that the ZDF had deployed to Mozambique to assist that country quell an Islamic insurrection.

She said if any deployment was to be made, it would be in coalition with other regional countries.

“Zimbabwe is very mindful that these issues are issues of a regional thrust, so much there is strength in Zimbabwe working with other nations within Sadc,” she said.

“When a neighbour within a region is under attack, naturally what happens is we take a regional approach to these matters. So Zimbabwe will not act alone.”

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  • Oppah, are You and the General sharing the same bleach pot ?

  • There is no smoke without fire. ED’s Waterloo is the corrupt activities of his sons which stink to the heavens. There is no way the generals can just watch whilst one family plunders and loots the country’s natural resources. However the lasting solution to this country is not a vicious cycle of coups but a free and fair election that allows the people to choose their own leader. General Chiwenga is also complicit in creating the challenges that are besetting this country.Wehave to deal with the whole system if this country is to be freed from the economic quagmire it is in.

  • The finest steel goes through the hottest fire. Zimbabwe is going to emerge out of the current militarism state, as a vibrant democracy with an economy the envy of most. I have said it before, and will say it again; Zimbabwe is going to witness a great exodus of foreign nationals from across the globe, coming there for refuge and freedom. The advent of the pandemic out there, true or falls has ushered in a wicked beast system. All roads shall be leading to Africa and Zimbabwe in particular. Your country is going to be a sample of New Jerusalem on Earth, a precursor of the eternal New Jerusalem to come. Hold on fast to your beautiful nation.

  • Kuda kwake kana kusada, arikuenda chete Mnangagwa. Munhu upi anoshandisa fembera fembera kutonga nyika. Endai kuchihudhu mhani. Mazvitadza.

  • Why has it taken a donkey years for the defence minister to dismiss these coup rumours, if there’s really nothing to it? Oppah Muchinguri knows something, her conspicuous absence during the JOC presser says it all!

    • She actually attended that coup dismissal press meet, but what’s true is that she didn’t attend the pre or post media conference. This I was told by a staffer at the ministry. She was in attendance only for show and TV, but clearly Muchinguri is now a VP Chiwenga and Kasukuwere ally. That’s why she’s survived this long in politics and government, by batting on the winning horse all the time. Remember how she turned against Mugabe during the coup? Now she’s going to sink another dagger in Mnangagwa’s heart, and probably continue as minister in VP Chiwenga’s government and probably a VP in Kasukuwere’s administration. Kakaoma kaOppah.

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