A WikiLeaks cable revealed that Chingono met Ray in the company of Brigadier-General Fidelis Satuku in January 2010 and quotes him saying Chiwenga was a “political general” and has “very little practical military experience or expertise”.
A close military source said Chingono’s official vehicle was withdrawn last month and he was asked to stop reporting for work while he remained at his farm until the matter was finalised.
“The army took away Chingono’s office keys and official vehicle sometime in March,” said the source. “He was ordered to remain at his Concession farm until allegations against him are cleared.”
Another source at KG VI confirmed Chingono was no longer “working” at the army headquarters but did not give details.Zimbabwe Defence Forces spokesperson Colonel Overson Mugwisi could neither confirm nor deny the issue and referred all inquiries to army spokesperson Colonel Alphios Makotore.
“If I comment on the matter I would have jumped the gun,” said Mugwisi. “Get a comment from Makotore who handles army issues,” he said.
However, in September last year, Mugwisi confirmed to the Zimbabwe Independent the two army generals were under investigation. Military sources then said Chingono and Satuku could be charged with “treason or subversion” for secretly meeting Ray to discuss Zimbabwe’s “sensitive military issues” and politics in contravention of the Defence Forces Act, their code of conduct and ethics.
“WikiLeaks is a new phenomenon. But in internal matters to do with discipline, we investigate and then take appropriate action,” Mugwisi said then. “Where there is need for public consumption of the findings, we make our findings public. In this case we are likely to do that.”
Contacted, Makotore said he would not comment over the phone and asked for questions in writing, but he had not responded at the time of going to press. Many senior Zanu PF officials were implicated in the WikiLeaks scandal, demanding Mugabe must go.