Full Text: Govt Responds To Mukupe’s “Reckless” Claims, Says He Is In Direct Contempt Of President Mnangagwa

Government spokesperson, acting Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Simon Khaya Moyo has said that remarks attributed to Finance Deputy Minister Terrence Mukupe are reckless and most unfortunate. Mukupe is reported to have said that the military was not going to allow MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa to rule if he won the 2018 elections.

We publish the statement below in full:

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In the wake of media reports (“Army won’t let Chamisa rule: Minister”) ascribed to Deputy Minister Terrence Mukupe who is also a Zanu-PF candidate in the forthcoming Harmonized Elections, both the ruling Zanu-PF Party and its Government wish to make it very clear that the said sentiments attributed to the Deputy Minister, if true, are both reckless and most unfortunate, as they do not represent the official position and attitude of the Party, Government and the Defence Establishment.


Apart from being unconstitutional and therefore against the laws of the land, the reported claims amount to direct contempt of His Excellency the President, Cde E.D. Mnangagwa, who is the sole Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF). Hardly a month ago, His Excellency the President and Commander-in-Chief of ZDF warned against undermining the constitutional position of the Security Establishment through involving or dragging members of the Uniformed Forces into the country’s party electoral politics and/or activities.

Through this directive, he unambiguously restated an iron-clad rule which ranks high among the pillars of our Constitution, and which finds validation in the various Acts governing operations of various arms of the National Security Establishment. Consequently any pronouncements which have the effect of undermining the supreme law of the land, and the authority of the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Force, or of suggesting that our well-respected Security Organs will act in a partisan manner in relation to the country’s politics, apart from being unauthorized, are unlawful, reckless, improper, uncalled for and thus totally condemnable. Besides, they imperil national peace and stability, and amount to a frontal challenge to the tenets and practices of democracy as understood and practised worldwide.

Read against our two environment and the impending polls, such pronouncements have the negative effect of raising doubts on Government’s commitment to a free, fair and non-violent plebiscite, as well as to its readiness to respect and uphold the will of the People of Zimbabwe as expressed through their electoral choices and decisions. This is untrue, and flagrantly runs against what His Excellency the President, Cde E.D. Mnangagwa, has pledged and is determined to deliver both to the people of Zimbabwe and to the international community. Without regard to political party or affiliation, all campaigning candidates should respect the Defence Establishment and its Command Structure by avoiding embroiling our Uniformed Forces into partisan party politics and activities. The roles of the Uniformed Forces which are national and non-partisan, are clearly spelt out in the laws of the country.

Hon. Ambassador S.K. Moyo

Acting Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services and ZANU-PF Secretary for Information and Publicity

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6 comments on “Full Text: Govt Responds To Mukupe’s “Reckless” Claims, Says He Is In Direct Contempt Of President Mnangagwa

  1. Mukupe is not worthy of holding the Gov’t position he holds. What he says may be true, but his utterances undermine the president.
    Sack him before he causes more damage.

  2. I agree with Albert this is a minister who cannot control his temper now he is utterly saying things at tangend with ED who assured everyone that if he loses the election he will stand down and let Chamisa take over moreover We inherited the British system that the Army supports the government of the day this is why the Rhodesian Army stood by Robert Mugabe and crashed the Entumbane uprising. THIS IDIOT MUKUPE MUST HAVE BEEN SACKED WHEN HE ASSAULTED MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF TO BE HONEST THIS DUDE is mad and if he had me as his staff member I would have physically retaliated he would wake up in hospital !!!

  3. Please remove this person from such respectable position before he is another embarrasment to the our president. He must be sacked immediately or demoted.

  4. Jimalo I fully support you. anhu akadai ndi Makupe anoda kunerwa big time, outside government offices though.

  5. Mukupe ndakamumaka from the Bank saga.
    He talks too much for a Deputy Minister
    l guess he cant hold a big title, too childish

  6. kumumakireye coz ataura chokwadi mazanu ese varikuzviziva kt defeat is possible there only hope iri kmilitary kungoti blaz havagone kchengeta zvakavanzika

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