Zimbabwe Minister issues warning amid threat of political volcano

Posted on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 16:13

Zimbabwe’s Defence Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa has warned Western countries harbouring hopes of invading the country to topple veteran ruler, President Robert Mugabe that the army would crush them.

Mnangagwa, considered to be one of the shrewdest politicians in Zimbabwe and touted as Mugabe’s heir apparent, singled out the United States and Britain.

“The United States, Britain and their allies invaded Libya so that they can plunder their oil resource. They might have succeeded in Libya, but that will not happen here,” he said, during a tour of a farm, which the army grabbed from a white family.??”

Our detractors with the help of sell-outs have been working hard to bring anarchy to Zimbabwe, but that will not happen because we will crush them.”

Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s chief election agent during the disputed 2008 election, claimed that Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai was a Western puppet assigned to effect an “illegal regime change”.

The defence minister is a senior member of Mugabe’s Zanu PF party, which routinely accuses Tsvangirai of being a Trojan horse for the US and Britain, whom they accuse of trying to recolonise Zimbabwe.

Despite Mnagagwa’s grandstanding, a South African-based think-tank Southern Africa Report (SAR) in July said the Zimbabwe army was no longer a formidable force.

This was in contrast to, what it described as, antics of invincibility portrayed by hardline generals who have threatened a military coup in the event Mugabe lost the next poll and defending the country in case of an invasion.

The think-tank further said the army lacked modern machinery and now relies on obsolete weapons.


Meanwhile, as the signs of restiveness continue to show in the country, a youth organization -Zimbabwe Youth Council (ZYC) on Monday threatened street protests against the failure of the inclusive government to provide resources that would enable them to venture into job creation activities.?

Briefing members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on gender and youth development, ZYC board member Lucky Kandemiri said youths were likely to take to “mass disobedience” to air their disgruntlement.

Kandemiri said the country is seating “on an active mountain, a volcano is going to erupt soon”.

“So from now on we take a stand to forward the needs of youths even if it means employing civil disobedience and passive resistance,” he said.

An inclusive government was inaugurated in 2009 and has seen the economy stabilise, despite economic improvement job creation and provision of social amenities has stalled as the coalition partners wrangle over positions in government.

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