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Salute or ship out — armed generals told

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GWERU — Security forces should salute any person that wins a credible presidential election or resign to prevent the subversion of the people’s will, a senior MDC-T official has said.

The party’s deputy organising secretary, Morgan Komichi, said security forces, including the army, police and Central Intelligence Organisation, belong to the people of Zimbabwe and not to individuals and were therefore subservient to their elected leaders regardless of political affiliation.

Komichi said security sector reform in Zimbabwe was not about removing generals, but changing the institutions into professional and credible entities.

“We are not saying we want to remove generals through security sector reforms but that if an MDC-T president gets into power, he or she is the people’s choice and as such (Police Commissioner-General Augustine) Chihuri or (Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine) Chiwenga have no option, but to salute that person,” Komichi said during a public debate organised by Gweru Agenda last Thursday.

“If you can’t salute, fair and fine, we will give you your package. You just remove your uniform and we will assist you with inputs to do your farming,” he said.

He said even at independence, former Rhodesian general Peter Walls saluted those that got into power.

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