Patrick Zhuwao, the nephew of the late former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has said the army continues to be involved in civilian affairs.
He told South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), that the governing party, ZANU PF is being used to conduct army business.
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He wrote to Secretary-General, Ace Magashule applauding the party for making efforts to address the economic and humanitarian and political crises in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Zhuwao wrote:
The military anointment of (President Emmerson) Mnangagwa has been an extreme disaster. The military continues to use Zanu PF as cover for its involvement in civilian politics.
The army visibly participated in local politics in 2017 when they aided the removal of Mugabe from power ushering in the president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration.
Some argue that Mnangagwa is more of a ceremonial president as army chiefs are the ones pulling the strings, albeit behind the scenes.
They add that Mnangagwa has no voice against them as they elevated him to power and also considering that they have the ability to remove him.
Meanwhile, the president has since his ascendancy to power made some significant changes in the security sector with some observers saying he is attempting at “coup-proofing” his administration.
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