President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, George Charamba has said that the opposition MDC-T should resolve its factional politics without besmirching the name of the military. This comes after reports that Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife had withheld his passport in a bid to force him to hand over the reigns to one of his deputies, Nelson Chamisa after reportedly receiving assurances from the military that Tsvangirai would receive a pension and other benefits for serving as Prime Minister during the Government of National Unity (GNU) from 2009-2013 if he handed power to Chamisa.
However, Charamba dismissed the claims saying:
Without pre-empting anything within the MDC-T political environment, I suspect that maybe very well where the confusion is coming from. What I want to underline is that it is a false discourse to try and suggest that the Zimbabwean military has a say or a role in determining leadership in opposition politics and I want to stress kuti kana vachiita factional politics dzavo vane G40 yavoka, kana vachiita factional politics dzavo, can they enact those within the framework of levers of instruments that they can control and I am very clear the military is not one such lever.