PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe presided over the official celebrations of
national Heroes Day but uncharacteristically stayed clear of the
controversy around the country’s former freedom fighters and recent
comments by the country’s military hierarchy.
Instead the veteran Zanu PF leader again made disparaging remarks aimed at popular cleric and self-exiled #ThisFlag front-man Evan Mawarire.
“We praise our security forces for the calm that has been, the peace that has been and we praise them for their role in international obligations,” Mugabe said in a terse address that left out the bedlam engulfing Zanu PF and has since sucked in the country’s military.
At the weekend defence forces chief General Constantine Chiwenga warned elements in a faction of the ruling party known as G40 not to “cross the Rubicon”. Chiwenga’s comments seemed directed at Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene leading lights in the faction that is hostile to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s bid to take over from ailing 92 year-old Mugabe.
Mugabe admitted the move to ban certain goods did not sit well with some sections of Zimbabwe leading to violent protests but then blamed Mawarire.
“But some like Mawarire, we do not know where he came from, latching on to it and inspiring protest. He urged people to go into the streets. They damaged property and threw stones at police. That is no good and will not be allowed,” he said. newsday