US envoy blasts Zimbabwe military chiefs

BULAWAYO – United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray has criticised the country's military chiefs for interfering in politics when they are supposed to concentrate on serving the people.\r\n

Ray told journalists in Bulawayo Thursday that the service chiefs had no business in politics and those who do so should be fired.

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The military, police and CIO bosses are highly partisan and have openly declared that they support President Robert Mugabe, 87 and would rather have him die in office than have MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai in office.

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“Military chiefs who interfere in politics should be fired,” said Ray in an apparent reference to the recent comments by Brigadier-General Douglas Nyikayaramba who wants Mugabe to rule forever.

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The American ambassador said the army’s involvement in politics presented a dangerous political climate in the country where uniformed forces are used by Zanu PF to maim and kill opponents.

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On elections, Ray said he would not give a timeline when the polls should be held but the environment has to be conducive for free and fair plebiscite.

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Mugabe and his party have insisted that elections be held soon after adopting a new governance charter later this year. Sadc wants Mugabe and his coalition partners to fully implement the Global Political Agreement before the nation is rushed to elections.

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