Army Chief demands elections this year


Commander of the 3rd Infantry Brigade of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), Brigadier General Douglas Nyikayaramba has said that there must be an election in 2011.

In an interview with the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper the general crossed the line between military and politics in an ominous way. He made it clear that President Robert Mugabe must remain in power for life and that elections were needed this year to ensure ‘political stability’ and because the inclusive government doesn’t look after the army.

The general stated that the president cannot be removed because he is irreplaceable ‘like a father in a family’. In repeated references to the Zanu-PF government the general said that they were assured of victory.

Whilst members of Zanu-PF have reached agreement with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T group for a series of measure to be put in place before elections, probably in 2012, President Mugabe has said repeatedly that he wants elections in 2011.

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