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How Zanu PF feted General Chiwenga

Clad in a black suit, white shirt and a stripped green necktie which matched his wife Marry’s green attire, commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) General Constantino Chiwenga sat coolly in the front row facing ministers and senior Zanu PF officials at the just-ended special congress held in Harare.

By Everson Mushava

Sitting in the same row were some senior members of the military that included the new Lands minister Air Marshal Perrance Shiri.

Speaker after speaker showered praises upon the general for the successful “clinical operation” masterminded by the ZDF, codenamed “Operation Restore Legacy” to rid the country of former president Robert Mugabe and replacing him with his former deputy, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Indeed, he was the centre of attraction at the congress, with delegates going ecstatically wild at each and every mention of his name. Party supporters and even foreign dignitaries from various ruling parties in Africa and beyond stampeded to greet the man who did the unthinkable — taking Mugabe head-on and facilitating his departure from office.

“I would like to salute the commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Dr Constantino Nyikadzino Guveya Chiwenga and all members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces for standing shoulder to shoulder with their fellow Zimbabweans and putting the peace and stability of Zimbabwe first,” Mnangagwa said in his main speech, drawing wild cheers from the floor.

But Chiwenga remained collected amid the hero-worshipping that made him look like the eponymous hero Julius Caesar in one of William Shakespeare’s greatest works, Julius Caesar when he triumphantly returns to Rome on the festival of Lupercalia where he eventually meets his death.

Before Mnangagwa’s speech, the delegates had been sent into ecstasy by Jah Prayzah’s popular hit Kutonga Kwaro which electrified the mood in the massive white tent. Prominent figures took to the dance floor shaking their bodies like they had just received tickets to heaven.

War veterans’ leader and special advisor to Mnangagwa, Christopher Mutsvangwa was all over the show, waving his hands in appreciation of Jah Prayzah’s lyrics that capture the victory of the Team Lacoste faction and the death of arch rival, G40, courtesy of Chiwenga.

“Jah Prayzah is the greatest musician in the country. He has become a household name,” an excited Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo said before ploughing into a “pamberi naMugabe” [forward with Mugabe] gaffe.

Newly-appointed Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Josiah Hungwe, who was enjoying the moment of his life, could not be outdone. The tall minister, not well-gifted in the art of dance, swayed sideways like a tree in the heart of a hurricane, while Mutsvangwa held him by the hand in a manner suggesting he was steadying him, in case he fell down.

Tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira was also doing what she knows best and her joy could be understood. She had just been brought back after being fired by Mugabe and owed her political life to the army.

ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira was also among those on the dance floor while Mnangagwa and Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu were having their own moments at the high table.

The excitement among members could be understood — it was celebration time for a faction that had been outmanoeuvred and obliterated by Mugabe and his wife, its leader forced into exile, dashing all hopes of a comeback. It could be understood why the members went into overdrive to lick the general’s boots.

There seemed to be some sort of competition from provinces in endorsing the military action and each time that was done, there was applause, and yet Chiwenga maintained his cool.

Almost everybody appeared overwhelmed with joy while the likes of former Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi and others decided to remain reserved in their happiness.

“We would like to thank General Chiwenga and the rest of the ZDF. He is a true liberator. He liberated us from colonial rule and now from the capture of Mugabe by the G40 cabal,” Mabel Chinomona, who was appointed the new women’s league boss, shouted.

Manicaland provincial chair Mike Madiro said the military operation was a clinical operation.

The general remained seated while members made a beeline to his seat to pay homage, with the likes of Temba Mliswa kneeling before him for a chat.

This was the first congress without Mugabe since the party’s formation in 1963 and the same people who used to worship him were today, all out against him. But so entrenched was the former president’s name after 37 years at the helm that Khaya-Moyo and Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa were soon trapped in the Mugabe gaffe.

18 Responses to How Zanu PF feted General Chiwenga

  1. eliasha December 17, 2017 at 7:17 am #

    This is unjustified licking

  2. Hon.Temba P. Mliswa December 17, 2017 at 7:40 am #

    Handina kupfugama. Usanyepera vanhu, iwe mhani.

    • Kurauone December 17, 2017 at 9:38 am #

      Saka kuita sei sei kwamanga makaita apo nhai Honorable?….kutonona here?

    • Chele Chele December 18, 2017 at 8:41 am #

      Makagwadama Cde

  3. Soko mukanya December 17, 2017 at 9:09 am #

    Too much bootlicking, pple dnt learn, no to demi gods.

  4. Jira December 17, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    Many thanks to the General he remains a hero. However aren’t these Generáls supposed to be non partisan? Kungobvunza

  5. Bwedebwese December 17, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    When security chiefs pledged their allegiance to Zanu PF and declared that they would never salute a President/Prime Minister who had not fought to liberate Zimbabwe amid criticism from civil society and opposition parties, RG Mugabe defended their stance. But when he was on the receiving end of the army, he blasted the generals for involving themselves in politics. If, or rather when, this waltz with the army turns into wrestling, Lacoste Zanu PF will not be able to order the army back to the barracks. It helps to be principled! Just saying…

  6. Jamengweni Godonga December 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    Suka wena Themba, kuthiwa yikwenzani manje since the cameras caught you kneeling in front of Mary and Constantinho. Rejoin them silently, it’s too cold outside of zanu

  7. Musona December 17, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    Chiwenga should be fired from his position of army general because he should not be attending a political party’s Congress. The army should be non-partisan.

  8. Jacques Untel December 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    What’s a “stripped” tie? You mean it had its covering removed?

    • Musona December 17, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

      @Jacques it should be “striped” tie.

  9. Moe December 17, 2017 at 6:22 pm #

    We have lost the plot as Zimbabweans. The army should NOT be anywhere near party politics and congresses let alone accepting positions within a party. It’s disgraceful. They have shown partiality and any normal thinking Zimbabwean must be disgusted by this. What kind of society are we building? Disgusting.

  10. jon john December 17, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

    Cocktail for coups and counter coups especially in SADC.Wrong precedent.”Consequence of action “is something never taught to us as Africans.

  11. amon December 18, 2017 at 8:29 am #

    good piece.

  12. Maonazvangu December 18, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    Have been saying this all along. The soldiers are here to stay and who knows who Mnangwagwa will hand over the baton to? Maybe another army General and the cycle will go on until we have another 37 years or more of Zanny party rule. Takapemberera gona nerinobata mai pa Solidarity March paye. Will ever be glad that l was not part of it because hey, you just wait and see

  13. Maonazvangu December 18, 2017 at 11:41 am #

    And how do you explain Mliswa an independent attending a supposedly Zanu PF congress and kneeling like a woman? Reminds one of Chombo kneeling in front of Grace.

  14. bata December 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    Eish the General was being made to climb a cob tree for #mugabe coup. He will be known as a coup leader in history eish. i would rather run away from such spolight, # i cant stand that.

  15. bata December 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    I cant imagine if Lacoste have right thinking leadership, how can they celebrate #coup. A coup will never be peacefull, it will always haunt its pepetrators till death. if i where lacoste, i wouldnt celebrate, these guys need to have power in a #free and fair election then celebrate, its pre-mature.

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