Minister of Defence Sydney Sekeramayi has refuted claims that Zimbabwe faces a threat from the armed forces as the infighting in Zanu-PF over succession continues. Commander of the Defence Forces (CDF) General Constantino Chiwenga has in the past publicly threatened Professor Jonathan Moyo for speaking out against Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Responding to a question from Manicaland Senator David Chimhini on Thursday, Sekeramayi said:
There is no real threat to national security at the moment from the groups mentioned by honourable Chimhini (war veterans, the army and Zanu P youths)
However, threats to national security, if any, are managed through the Joint operations Command system (JOC), which brings together all national security agents to progressively review the security situation in the country.
When a determination is made by the JOC that a security situation has arisen where appropriate, security measures need to be taken and a collective informed position is adopted to guide appropriate action to be taken by assigned national security agents.
Action to be taken may be in the form of a joint statement by the security forces as was in the case of recent clashes between elements of the army and the police.
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