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‘Service chiefs have economic interests’

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Security service chiefs “making irresponsible political statements” were doing so because they have economic interests to protect, Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya said yesterday.

Introducing a motion in Parliament, the MP said: “The reason why the military is involved in the politics of patronage is because they want personal enrichment and they are not only plundering in the DRC and Chiadzwa. They have also been deployed to head State institutions to ensure they control the economy.”

He claimed since the military began making such statements, every election in the country had been marred by political violence, perpetrated by State security agents.

High-ranking military officers (whom he named) had been deployed in the provinces to campaign for Zanu PF, the MP further claimed.

MDC-T Chief Whip Innocent Gonese chipped in saying: “The MDC-T is always accused of wanting regime change, but regime change is not a crime and any serious political party, particularly the MDC-T, was formed to effect regime change and we will do it peacefully using the pen and not the barrel of the gun.”

The debate on the generals’ statements is expected to continue today and seeks to have the House demand that the generals abide by the Constitution and the Acts governing the security sector.

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