Addressing mourners at the late MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai’s Highlands home, MDC-T deputy chairperson, Morgan Komichi yesterday described newly-appointed commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Philip Valerio Sibanda as professional unlike his predecessor, Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga who led the military intervention against Robert Mugabe.
Komichi criticised Chiwenga in the presence of a Zanu PF delegation led by party chairperson, Oppah Muchinguri, Zanu PF political commissar, Engelbert Rugeje, a retired army general, and spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo, who had gone to pay their condolences to Tsvangirai’s family. Said Komichi:
Changes in the new dispensation brought about transformation in the security sector and that’s commendable, as these commanders are professionals and level-headed people. There was a time when we would meet as political opponents and people were being beaten. The new President has said that it is now a thing of the past. My uncle, Rugeje, you have a huge task that what used to happen long back does not happen again.
He said the political intimidation whereby members of the military are asking for serial numbers from those who have registered to vote using the BVR [biometric voter registration] and the violence in Bikita must end.