Army should respect people’s will: Chamisa

MDC-T president Nelson Chamisa

MDC Alliance presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa (pictured) has told his supporters that the country’s securocrats could find themselves with no choice, but to salute him if he wins this year’s presidential race.


Addressing a campaign rally in Buhera on Saturday, Chamisa said he was confident of running over Zanu PF presidential candidate, Emmerson Mnangagwa in elections expected in the next few months.

“The army is the people’s military. They salute the people and the leader chosen by the people. We are going to elections and the military will salute the leader who would have been chose. They will not be saluting the people, but the Constitution,” Chamisa said to applause.

His remarks came amid fears that the military, which has been widely viewed as the vital cog in Zanu PF’s election machinery, might refuse to recognise his victory.

Chamisa and his acolytes have demanded that the military make public pronouncements to the effect that it will respect the rule of law and accept the election results whichever way they go.

“We are happy that our military knows the law. They will salute not the leader, but the Constitution. We do not want hungry soldiers and we will correct that including all working conditions for government workers across the board. We will priorities the welfare of all government workers, nurses, teachers and soldiers,” he said.

“I have talked to Mnangagwa and Chiwenga and told them we need to contest at the level of ideas,” Chamisa said.

On the eve of the 2002 presidential election that pitted former President Robert Mugabe and the late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, the country’s military generals declared that they would not “salute anyone without liberation war credentials”.

Critics argued this was a euphemism for Tsvangirai then seen as shoo-in to defeat Mugabe.

The election was, according to the opposition, later “rigged” in Mugabe’s favour amid widespread intimidation by the military. Since then senior securocrats have consistently issued statements that border on threats to usurp the people’s will before every successive general election.

There are growing fears that Mnangagwa’s deputy and former Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander Constantino Chiwenga might incite the millitary to stage another coup against an opposition winner following his ouster of Mugabe last November.


  1. what they call “protest votes” are actually “votes of no confidence”, which are currently the strength of the opposition, regardless of what they say or do. they should be serious.

  2. The Chitepo Ideology school is busy teaching zanupf on how to remain in power by hook and crook and its a shame using Chitepo’s name to run a college which they use to cheat elections

  3. Zimbabwean politics has taught everyone that whatever outcome, the will of the people will be respected …..Even the Junta is aware of that.

  4. Leave the military alone and do your politicking. You seem to be asking for too much young man. Politics is a man’s game. Wakutoda kusalutwa usati wambovhoterwa chokwadi?

  5. The young man is too talkative and makes a lot of noise unnecessary complaints most of which are senseless and childish, even sacker told him right in the face that some of his statements are silly and nonsensical, i wonder if he has good advisers and that’s if he has got them at all.

  6. The sheer stupidity of those MDC leaders is breath-taking; they are always jumping the gun! Chamisa is worrying about what will happen after MDC has won the elections when Zanu PF, the Army and the whole regime’s juggernaut is going into overdrive to make sure MDC does NOT win the elections.

    Whilst everyone is calling for the democratic reforms to be implemented to make sure the elections are free, fair and credible these MDC idiots want the elections to go ahead with no reforms because they believe they have “stringent measures to stop Zanu PF rigging elections,” as Chamisa puts it. Of course he does not have any such measure, he is just being his usual idiotic self.

    SADC leaders have advised MDC leaders not to go into the elections without reforms and the two Americans senators said the same thing last month. MDC leaders like Chamisa do not listen.

    The people of Zimbabwe deserve free, fair and credible elections and none of this nonsense of winning rigged elections. MDC leaders like Chamisa are after the few gravy train seats Zanu PF gives away as bait to entice the opposition to contest these flawed elections. These opposition opportunists do not represent the democratic interest of the common people of Zimbabwe.

  7. Comment…A woman employee at Murewa Regisrar General’s office is receipting cash paid by some of the people who would like to aquire birthcertificates on useless pieces of paper.

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