President Buhari has reacted to the military takeover of power currently happening in Zimbabwe. In a statement released by his media aide, Femi Adesina, President Buhari called for calm, peace and respect for the constitution in Zimbabwe. He urged all political and military stakeholders in Zimbabwe to avoid any action that may plunge the country into unnecessary conflict and impact negatively on the region.
According to President Buhari, “every attempt must be made to resolve all contentious issues by constitutional means in Zimbabwe to save the country from avoidable political instability.”
His appeal came in the wake of reported “military takeover” as a result of rising political tension in the southern African country sequel to President Robert Mugabe’s recent removal of former Vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa. This led to the threat by the head of the Armed Forces of Zimbabwe, General Constantino Chiwenga, that “the military will not hesitate to step in” when the issue had to do with protecting the “revolution.”
The Youths in Zanu-PF, the political party of President Robert Mugabe, have vowed to stand by him in the face of any threat to his position as the constitutionally elected leader of Zimbabwe.
Speaking to journalists at a press conference in the country’s capital Harare last night, the Secretary of the youth arm of the party, Kudzanai Chipanga, said that young people would not allow anyone to interfere with President Mugabe’s leadership.
“As the youth, we are in our millions and at present, the majority in the country. It is our country and future at stake and we will not let any individual military man interfere with the leader of the party and legitimately voted President of this country, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.” he said
Chipanga said the youths were prepared to die defending President Mugabe. Said Cde Chipanga: “We are, therefore, taking a stand against those who are bent on sowing division among our people and also those taking advantage of the privilege of their appointment by our President to extort guarantees and immunity for fugitives, boarder jumpers from the same appointing authority. These people should be warned that we the youth are watching in our millions and those who wish to ride on the back of the tiger will end up inside. As a revolutionary party, Zanu-PF is evolving and placing itself at the forefront of the constitutional dispensation we fought the oppressor for and obtained.”
Chipange said that the military’s intervention is an assault on their freedom since the new Constitution places soldiers in barracks and civilian authority in power. He called on all the youth of the country to put aside their political, gender or creed differences and stand against this attack on their freedom.