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.
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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.