Chiwenga Hands Over Reigns To Sibanda, Urges Him To Jealously Guard ZDF Reputation

Outgoing Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander Retired General Constantino Chiwenga has officially retired following an announcement yesterday by Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda that Chiwenga had retired pending redeployment.

In his farewell address, Chiwenga called on new ZDF Commander General Philip Valerio Sibanda to jealously guard the reputation the ZDF has created over the years. Said Chiwenga:

As I retire today, I am proud to have associated with such a professional, patriotic and efficient force that has become an envy of many, friend or foe. I call upon you to jealously guard this reputation that we have earned over the years.

Edzai Absolom Chimonyo replaced Sibanda as the new Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army. There has been speculation that President Emmerson Mnangagwa will appoint Chiwenga as one of his Vice Presidents.

Chiwenga’s appointment is likely to happen considering his involvement in Operation Restore Legacy which resulted in the resignation of Robert Mugabe and Mnangagwa’s elevation to the Presidency. Mnangagwa has already appointed two military personnel; Perrance Shiri and Sibusiso Moyo as cabinet ministers.


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Guveya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga is the current Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the second secretary of Zanu-PF political party and the former Minister of Defence . He is also the former Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and also the former member... Read More About Constantino Chiwenga

A military coup code-named Operation Restore Legacy was executed in Zimbabwe in November 2017 and it resulted in the forced resignation of President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe had been the leader of Zimbabwe for thirty-seven years. The coup was led by the military general, Constantino Chiwenga... Read More About Operation Restore Legacy

General Philip Valerio Sibanda is a Zimbabwean military general and the current Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. Before that, Sibanda was the Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army a position he held from December 2003 to December 2017. He succeeded General Constantino Chiwenga as... Read More About Philip Valerio Sibanda

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