Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) spokesperson, Colonel Overson Mugwisi yesterday declined to declare that the military would recognise Nelson Chamisa as president in the event that he wins the July 30 elections. Mugwisi went only as far as saying that the military would abide by the Constitution and when pressed further he said that the discussion was not what he had come to address. Said Mugwisi,
The position of the ZDF is that we abide by the Constitution of the country and our conduct is going to be guided by the Constitution of the country…What we undertook to do at first is, I think we agreed that today we will be talking of the role of the ZDF in the upcoming harmonised elections, I think it is a slight departure from what we are discussing here.
When questioned on who had actually deployed the military in November 2017 to remove former president Robert Mugabe from power, Mugwisi said,
Unfortunately, we continue to drift away from what we set ourselves to discuss here. I think this is outside what we are discussing here. I thought I made myself very clear from the onset here that I am putting across the role of the ZDF, before, during and before the forthcoming harmonised elections. For now, leave some of those other issues, if they are meant to be media queries, we can handle those outside this fora.
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