11-01-19 by Spotlight Zimbabwe

VP Chiwenga and ZDF Boss Sibanda in secret pact to hand Zimbabwe power to each other

EXCLUSIVE

 

Itai Mushekwe

COLOGNE– Military czar Vice President, Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga and Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander, General Philip Valerio Sibanda, reportedly made a secret pact to hand Zimbabwe power to each other in the aftermath of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s downfall, Spotlight Zimbabwe, can exclusively reveal today.

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Defence officials close to ZDF chief Sibanda’s office this week said Chiwenga and the ZDF Commander reached the gentleman’s agreement a few years before the military putsch of November 2017, which resulted in former leader Robert Mugabe’s ouster.

 
It is also coming to light that the military had long planned Mugabe’s departure from office before the coup, and that Mnangagwa’s installation as president had also been premeditated by Chiwenga and Sibanda, to give their operation a civilian face, while crafting a pathway for their own passage to State House.

 
This publication reported last month, that Chiwenga is now increasingly set to finish off Mnangagwa’s presidential term, through another vicious military coup said to likely involve foreign hands and players.

 
The revelations come on the back of vain attempts by a clique of ruling Zanu PF members who have been reported to be pushing for Chiwenga’s exit on grounds of incapacitation, due to his mysterious and complex health woes.

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Spotlight Zimbabwe, can however authoritatively disclose that Chiwenga is out of the woods, and has been fairly well for over a month in China, where he has received an antidote for multiple poisioning attacks from his enemies in government and Zanu PF, thought to have been administered through his food and home drinking water. The VP’s security is now a close guarded secret of the Chinese government and an elite unit of the country’s military intelligence.

 
“Many people out there have no idea of what’s really going on, but I can tell you that there is a secret power deal between Chiwenga and PV (Sibanda’s first names) dating as far back as 2014,” said the defence officials based at Defence House in the capital.

 
“This power deal was made around the time when Mnangagwa was promoted to vice president by Mugabe. You see these two military men have learnt from the past mistakes of other ZDF leaders before them, such as the late Solomon Mujuru and Vitalis Zvinavashe, who ended up going into political oblivion despite holding the powerful office of leading the military. General Mujuru could have risen further, but he decided to go into business and retire without gaining enough political muscle. The same thing happened with General Zvinavashe, such a decorated soldier ended up being tricked by Mugabe to step down as military commander, in exchange of the vice president position left vacant by former VP Simon Muzenda, which never happened.”

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Another senior official at the defence ministry headquarters, said Chiwenga and Sibanda through their pact have deviced a plan that will result in each one of them becoming president, after being appointed by the other into the presidium.

 
“After the Mugabe coup, Mnangagwa had wanted to appoint Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri as one of his two vice presidents, but the army blocked him and demanded that Chiwenga becomes first VP instead. Mnangagwa was going to nominate Chiwenga as defence and war veterans minister only, a position that would result in Chiwenga losing power and political influence. So he ended up becoming both VP and defence minister, and it was on that basis that he agreed to retire as ZDF commander leaving Sibanda to succeed him. Now Sibanda is going to make sure that Chiwenga becomes president, because he has the power and guns to do so. Chiwenga on the other hand, will then return the favour by appointing Sibanda to become one of his vice presidents, clearing the way for Sibanda to takeover, and without doubt leave a VP slot in the presidency for another trusted high ranking general in the army.”

 
There were unconfirmed reports this week, that Sibanda held a breakfast meeting with Mnangagwa for almost 2 hours at his Munhumutapa office, where the military boss warned Mnangagwa about the comatose economic situation and disgruntlement of soldiers over his leadership.

 
Chiwenga is now expected back in the country before the end of December, and is likely going to be acting president, while Mnangagwa takes an annual Christmas holiday for a month.

 
Mnangagwa has however previously opted to stay in the country during his annual vacation, amid speculation that he fears being barred to fly back home, and that his absence would make any possible coup easier to execute.

 
Only early this year, at the turn of the new year Mnangagwa cut short his annual vacation under the pretext of trying “to resolve” an impasse with doctors who had been on strike for a month. During that period Chiwenga was in charge, and Mnangagwa wanted to remain “in constant contact” according to the information permanent secretary.

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Chiwenga has also made it a public secret that Sibanda and himself were the power brokers and kingmakers behind Mnangagwa.

 
In July 2018, while addressing mourners in Gokwe South at the burial of Sibanda’s mother, Yowana Kubvoruno, the VP revealed that together with Sibanda, they had come to Mnangagwa’s aid by ensuring his safety from harm and arranged for his escape into exile, after his abrupt and humiliating removal from office as vice president by Mugabe, who accused him of “consistently and persistently exhibiting traits of disloyalty, disrespect, deceitfulness and unreliability”.

 
“Today I want to say something I have never told anyone, a secret that has been kept between me and General Sibanda. General Sibanda is truly a brave hero,” Chiwenga said.

 
“When the then Vice President (Mnangagwa) was fired from government in November last year I was in China on national duty. General Sibanda called me to advise me of the sad development. I told him Cde Mnangagwa’s life could be at stake, please make sure he is safe.”

 
“General Sibanda is the one who orchestrated our President’s escape through the Mozambique border and he sent two soldiers one of them had no passport. They managed to safely whisk him away through the border and left him in Mozambique. They came back using the same border. When I came back we sat and insisted we want this to be a peaceful operation. Sibanda coined the name Operation Restore Legacy.”

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Intelligence sources confirmed that Chiwenga and Sibanda have a good shot at landing the highest office in the land, because they jointly run the Joint Operations Command (JOC), which has long been considered to be the real power behind government.

 
“General Sibanda has been the acting head of JOC since Chiwenga started leaving the country for medical treatments in South Africa, India and now China, where he directly reports after JOC meetings,” the sources said.

 

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  • Zimbabwe is in this economic and political mess because of 39 years of Zanu PF misrule. As long as Zanu PF retains the carte blanche dictatorial powers to blatantly rig the elections, the party will remain in power forever. The party ruling elite are deciding, amongst themselves, who will rule the country and we the ordinary people have no say. None!

    It is high time we, ordinary Zimbabweans, made a stand and demand our fundamental right to a meaningful say in the governance of the country, to a competent and accountable government. Zanu PF rigged last year’s elections and we must demand that the regime steps down so we can finally implement the democratic reforms to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

  • This will never happen. Zimbabwe is more complicated than that. The generals will have to come into power through the ballot box. Zimbabwe is not a banana state. After Ed Zimbabwe will be s true democratic country and those who dream about continuing their political and economic vandalism will be shocked. Its allowed to dream and let them dream on.Inyika yeropa iyi.

  • This will not work, simple!!! The masses will not be used this time around and are well alive of this military creature which is suffocating the people of Zimbabwe. Even if China will support these generals, the people of Zimbabwe will reject any military takeover which is already there anyway. We are not a Chinese colony and this time around serious sanctions will be visited upon Zimbabwe from the UN of worse still a UN military intervention. Please don’t play with fire and the lives of Zimbabweans, we have suffered enough!!!

  • A good read indeed ,its good script for the perfect setting of the ancient roman praetorian guard and also it has the reality of post-colonial Africa unfortunately this will happen since you guys have the military intelligence and joc sources,most Zimbabwean people don’t even.know this website exists !! Let alone know you predicted a coup correctly let’s just wait and see how this plays out.

  • We are tired of being used by ZANU PF . They think they own Zimbabwe and its people. This time we want to see how they are going to do it, because the whole country is no longer playing that game.

    We will sit on the sidelines and see if they want to turn this country into a military country.

  • I always look forward to Friday, because Spotlight Zimbabwe will be having a hard news political report. This story explains why President Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF faction have failed to retire Vice President Chiwenga on so called health grounds, his colleague is holding the fire power and it makes sense that these army generals are loyal only to each other, because the current military boss indeed needs VP Chiwenga to land the Zimbabwe presidency. Obviously if Chiwenga is out of the equation and does not become President, PV Sibanda runs the risk of being retired like the other generals Mnangagwa forced out, through “diplomatic postings”.

    • We cant have a country ruled by Army generals, its not normal. This is a monster being created here which right sensing Zimbabweans must RESIST. Army generals must stay at the barracks and never near politics. These two generals have nothing good for the country but have selfish motives.

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