Mutsvangwa Backtracks, Says Army Will Not Be Involved In 2018 Elections

Special Advisor to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Christopher Mutsvangwa has denied saying that the ruling Zanu-PF party was going to work “heavily” with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces in order to mobilise voters.

Mutsvangwa held a press conference in Harare today and said that he was misquoted. Said Mutsvangwa:

A statement which is said to have been attributed to me to say the army is the one which runs the elections for Zanu-PF. It’s a lie…I said there was a team which helped to undo the dynastic tendencies of Mugabe. And then I said I promised the new President we were going to deliver an electoral victory to him. And I said that excludes the army because a professional army does not get involved in election campaigns. That’s exactly what I said.

Mutsvangwa according to an article published by NewsDay said that Zanu-PF will work with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. Said Mutsvangwa:

We will win resoundingly, better than the 1980 elections and we will mobilise heavily working with the ZDF.

However such statements are not new as Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Josiah Hungwe was reported to have said that Zanu-PF will use the Zimbabwe Defence Forces when campaigning in next year’s harmonised elections. Hungwe told a  Masvingo Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting that Zanu-PF would not leave the soldiers when campaigning. Said Hungwe:

In the Bible, the Kings ruled with the army on their side. Saka patinoenda ku2018 elections musasiya soja. (Zanu PF) Chairman, soja apa imi mberi. (When we campaign in 2018, do not leave the army. We will move side by side with the military).

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Christopher Mutsvangwa, commonly referred to as just Chris Mutsvangwa is a Zimbabwean politician, and special advisor to President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mutsvangwa is businessman .In December 2017 he was appointed as the Secretary for Science and Technology in Zanu-PF. Mutsvangwa contested in the 2018 harmonized elections... Read More About Christopher Mutsvangwa

Josiah Hungwe is the fromer Minister of State for Masvingo and a member of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) .He was appointed as the country's first ever Minister for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education in 2013.He was later upgraded to... Read More About Josiah Hungwe

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces is the grouping of security forces in the Republic of Zimbabwe under which the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) and Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) fall. The Commander in Chief of ZDF is the president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Commander is... Read More About Zimbabwe Defence Forces

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