Zanu-PF Secretary for Legal Affairs, Paul Mangwana, has seemingly contradicted his party colleagues Josiah Hungwe and Christopher Mutsvangwa, when he said that he did not believe in using the military in campaigning for the 2018 harmonised elections. Mangwana said that there is no credible opposition to speak of therefore Zanu-PF was going to win the elections. Hungwe and Mutsvangwa at different times have claimed that Zanu-PF was going to use the Zimbabwe Defence Forces when campaigning.
Here is an excerpt from Paul Mangwana’s interview with The Standard’s Xolisani Ncube (XN):
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XN: Mnangagwa’s advisor, Chris Mutsvangwa told the extraordinary congress that Zanu PF would use the army to campaign for them in next year’s elections. What is that supposed to mean? Could that be the explanation behind the appointment of senior military personnel in the party?
PM: I personally don’t subscribe to that notion of having or using the military in the forthcoming elections. Zanu PF has the capacity to win the elections without the military. We don’t have an opposition to talk about in any case, so why use the military?
XN: But Mutsvangwa said it in broad daylight, everyone heard it that next year, war veterans and the army will be together campaigning for Zanu PF.
PM: I did not hear that part but in any case, it would be unnecessary to use the army.
XN: You did not hear it or you are choosing to act as if you did not hear what Mutsvangwa said? Anyway, let’s move on…
PM: I am being honest. I did not hear that, and as I said, we will win the election without the use of the army. We have the capacity to campaign and win as Zanu PF through its civilian structures.
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