Politicking security forces members’ fate to be clarified

POLICE yesterday said they would soon hold a Press conference to clarify the contentious issue of serving security sector officers who have entered the political fray, seeking to represent Zanu PF in the forthcoming elections.

REPORT BY JOHN NYASHANU/TATENDA CHITAGU

In open breach of the new Constitution, scores of serving members of the uniformed forces and Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) have finally come out  into  the open about their political allegiance after submitting CVs to represent Zanu PF in polls tentatively set for next month.

“I can’t comment on this now.  We will hold a Press conference to clarify everything,” national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said yesterday.

Not a single member from the security sector, widely accused of being partisan, is contesting on tickets of parties opposed to the former sole ruling party.

Among those vying for parliamentary and senatorial seats were police officers, including Assistant Commissioner Oliver Mandipaka and Senior Assistant Commissioner Ronald Muderedzwa who will  lock horns for the Buhera West House of Assembly seat.

CIO operative Francis Mukwangwariwa is targeting Manyame while his colleague Lesley Humbe is eyeing Masvingo South.

Humbe, who intended to contest against Tourism and Hospitality minister Walter Mzembi, was, however, disqualified after allegedly forging a transfer letter from Zanu PF Mutare province, NewsDay established yesterday.

Although Humbe could not be reached for comment, NewsDay is in possession of a letter from Zanu PF Manicaland provincial secretary for administration Kenneth  Saruchera addressed to the Masvingo provincial chairman, Lovemore Matuke, disowning the transfer letter. Part of the letter, dated June  17 and copied to Manicaland provincial chair and Humbe, reads: “Please be advised that the application to transfer to Masvingo region by Lesman Humbe has not yet been considered by the provincial executive council. Any letters in respect of his transfer are invalid.”

Zanu PF Masvingo secretary for administration Edmund Mhere confirmed Humbe had been disqualified for “unprocedural” behaviour.

“He has been disqualified because he did not follow the proper party procedure,” Mhere said.

By the time of going to print yesterday, the total number of serving security forces members contesting in the polls could not be established although many believe a lot more were in the running.

This is, however, in breach of the new Constitution which stipulates that such officers remain apolitical.

Section 208 of the Sixth Schedule of the new Constitution prohibits them from seeking political offices.

“Neither the security services nor any of their members may, in the exercise of their functions, act in a partisan manner, further the interests of a political party or cause, prejudice the lawful interests of any political party or cause,” reads the new governance charter.

“Members of the security services must not be active members or office-bearers of any political party, or organisation. . . Serving members of the security services must not be employed or engaged in civilian institutions except in periods of public emergency.”

28 Responses to Politicking security forces members’ fate to be clarified

  1. Another Donkey, Also Limping Along June 19, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    I know this Humbe guy. He is a big crook.

    • Dick Mboko June 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      We all new that there are all ZANU PF members:
      ZANU Defence Forces (ZDF),
      ZANU Republic Police or Ziso Re Party (ZRP), and
      ZANU Central Committee Intengency Organisation (CIO).
      Nhaka muchadya izvozvo. Gwendo guno hamupabudi. Gava radambura musungo.
      Ndinopika nababa vangu varipachuru

      • Chitova June 20, 2013 at 4:12 am #

        Talking and more talking will never help. Lets register and vote for the Party of Excellency.

    • kedo June 20, 2013 at 9:09 am #

      Please don’t waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without talking politics. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accidented cars. Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTED CARS.COM) all words together, to see the methods and companies she was using to do that. (ACCIDENTED CARS.COM) all words together, a very simple idea but a very powerful one, Wake up Africans

  2. Gwetengwe June 19, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Isn’t it that these security officers should resign from their current posts first or be disqualified from representing any political party? The new constitution is clear on that . I hope the police & whoever is tasked with this issue works objectively. You can’t have your hand in all the pies gluttons, make up your minds !
    Let’s respect our hard-fought-for constitution .

  3. Tafirenyika Matsika June 19, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    This is a constitutional fraud perpetrated by a party whose fortunes are in the coffin and ready for burial with no mourners in attendance. They must be reminded that they have breached the constitution of Zimbabwe and they will not find their way back into the security service in a new Zimbabwe. Can someone remind ZANU PF that this will not resurrect their dead political life. They are slowly falling down the cliff and beyond redemption.

  4. Ngalongwalo June 19, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    This is just another ploy /tactic by Zanu Pf to try and intimidate people in those constituencies by using the police /CIO as party representatives . I am sure they were forced to play along.

  5. Salvation June 19, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    James 5: 1-6
    Go To now , ye rich men,weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you, your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness agaist you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold,the hire of the labourerrs who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth; and the cries of them which have heaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on earth, and been wantom; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he does not resist you”.
    Brothers and sisters in Christ I urge you to pray for many leaders and governments of this world especially in Africa who have been used by the devil to bring untold sufferings to the people that they rule. In our prayers let us ask God to forgive the sins of the nations and our individual sins and that sense may prevail. Many corrupt leaders, worldly corrupt people especially leaders in society are living in sin and going to hell. We ought to preach to them and beg for God’s mercy and love that they too can be saved. Also pray for peaceful elections in Zimbabwe

  6. munhuweyi June 19, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Catch-22!!!!!!!!!

  7. Lucifer June 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Why is it that Biti & co. Wants to take charge of the so called ‘blood’ daimonds?

    • . June 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      To try and make sure the money find its way back to treasury.

    • et June 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      ZVEMADIAMONDS ZVAPINDA PAPI IPAPA??

      • Chauruka June 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

        kunhonga svosve ne muromo vamwe vari kuluma, mari dzemumighodhi must all go treasury.

    • joseph June 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      Nonsense…its simple…so that the money will find its way to treasury kuti muwedzerwewo mari since ndokwainobvaka Lucifer.

  8. Chinja June 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Problem is the dying party of killers and thieves still thinks it is the ruling party . It lives in the past and must go back to the caves .

  9. Asylum June 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Even the old constitutiön didnt allow a serving gvt employee 2 contest in electiöns, neither did it allow security forces 2 be partisan Mr Editor.

  10. Hwese June 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Hanzi Morgan akapusa kudai a tsvaka masolder ake abvise Zanu nekuti zanu yakapinda ne pfuti. Ko Lanchaster house agreement yaiva yei. After all that is a very old storry. We don’t want to here that crap.Asina hama yake isina kurwa nevarungu ndiyani imbwa dzevanhu shit.bata Jongwe muromo. Asijiki.

  11. Mwana wevhu June 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Early this month Baba Jukwa had a post on fb in which he said Chiwenga, Chihuri and Zimhondi held a secret meeting with Haile Mariam Mengistu. In this meeting Mengistu advises them to field candidates with security forces connection, either former or current in the forthcoming election. This is a ploy to execute a coup and instole Mnangagwa as President with the backing of the paliamentarians in the event that Mugabe win the election. They say BJ is a liar hezvo zviri kuitika. Manje gore rino havalume. Asijiki

  12. Taurai June 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    Ihondo rudzii inorwiwa munhu arikunze kwenyika,wese unongonzwa ndakwira ku Mozambique,Zambia or Malawi kondiko kwaiwanehondo here?wakarwa hondo wakafa,Britain came to an understanding,Havana kuhwina chinhu awa

    • Hondo Tongogara June 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      Taurai nyaya yawatanga yakapenga. Varume vanoita noise nekuti vakaenda kuhondo 1978 then 1979 ndokubva kwanzi ceasefire. Isu nana Chimbwido takasara muno tisu taidealer nema vet ekwaSmith boys dzedu dzatiza dzabaya kuMoscan..Once in a while vaimbo visitirwa as in Chimoio/Gorongoza vachiwanikwa vari unawares zvavo ..vombobvurwa chaizvo..

  13. MAI CHIDHUURA June 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Most security sector people know that representing Zanu Pf means more money for no work at all. Corruption pays more than any occupation.

  14. Moyo June 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Mucio or mupurisa munhu akafanana naTsvangis. Therefore cry not. Public service gav thm leeway so why crying?

  15. Squarebasher June 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    It shows Zanu pf is desperate to hold on power at all costs.Obviously they will direct the police to harrass the opposition and intimidate the people.And what about abuse of state resources?

    Plus chitsotsi within the party shows that ZANU as political party is neither National nor United.

    Plus kuzoisa Chinotimba as a candidate yeParliament,vakomana, Mugabe ari serious here?Ko zvaanga ari teacher wani,and is called a genius and and academic.

  16. daddy tee June 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    moyo hauna kana brain wakangofanana nedhodhi hauna kana chaurikutombozivawo zvako”

  17. Umfishane Wakithi Njobo Azinyathelwa June 20, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    Bayekeni labo swayini flue. Hlukanani labo. imbali yabo ivele iyaziwa, indlela zabo zibomvu igazi! Mina ngicela ukubambana okutsha after elections!

    Tsvangirai President
    Welshman Deputy (&future president)
    Dabengwa for Defence
    Makoni for Finance
    Biti for Justice
    Misihairambwi Foreign Affairs

    Oh Yes we can. Forward ever

    • Jaluo June 20, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      You are right but remember that a gentlemen s agreement can always be abused. Now thats when the running mate proposal works. Had we put that in our constitution, that would have worked very well but we put it on hold for 10 years.
      Nkomo was robbed by that gentlemen s agreement and i don’t see it working again. Once beaten twice shy. Remember all these parties are off shoots of zanu and they do have and know all the dirty stuff.

  18. daddy tee June 20, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    i hate this picture yezi joki iri remaromo charity charamba a zanu police spokesperson.she’s a zanu member be aware

  19. Johno June 20, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Press conference for what Charity?The law is clear hey must resign their civil service jobs full stop!. They can’t have it both ways.

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