Security chiefs face purging

ZIMBABWE’S security service chiefs, particularly Central Intelligence Organisation Director General Happyton Bonyongwe, Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri, Air Marshal Perence Shiri and Prisons Commissioner-General Retired Major-General Paradzai Zimondi, are facing purging as President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, and her allies push for their removal.

Elias Mambo

Since her controversial entrance into Zanu PF mainstream politics, Grace and her allies have been aggressively pushing for the removal of senior government officials, party leaders and state apparatchiks associated with vice-president Joice Mujuru who is facing ouster at congress for allegedly plotting to topple or assassinate Mugabe.

In the clearest sign that security chiefs could be removed over the succession battle, Grace on Tuesday linked Bonyongwe to the Mujuru faction during her address to small and medium enterprises and cross-border traders at her Mazowe farm.

In her address, Grace said Mugabe had a meeting with Bonyongwe one day in the morning where he was told that she had an ear infection. Grace said Bonyongwe then called in the afternoon to ask how she was feeling while in the company of Mujuru, suggesting betrayal and dirty tricks. Sources said Chihuri, Zimondi and Shiri are also linked to the Mujuru faction consequently may not be secure, with some suggesting Bonyongwe may be replaced by presidential guard boss, Nhamo Sanyatwa.

While Bonyongwe’s deputy Aaron Nhepera, who is linked to Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction is also being considered the problem is that he is supposedly related to Mujuru.

Top government sources said Chihuri may be replaced by deputy commissioner-general Innocent Matibiri while other candidates are being considered to replace Zimondi and Shiri.

Sources also told the Zimbabwe Independent this week that Bonyongwe lost support after the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks revealed he was linked to former Finance minister Simba Makoni’s Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn party as well as the late former army commander General Solomon Mujuru. He is also alleged to have been part of Zanu PF’s bhora musango (anyone but Mugabe) protest strategy during the 2008 elections.

In the election Mugabe suffered a shock defeat in the first round of polling before storming back through a brutal campaign. For the first time since Independence in 1980 Zanu PF surrendered its parliamentary majority.

17 thoughts on “Security chiefs face purging”

  1. Pol pot says:

    Just call the country Matibili Republic. How can 13mill pple be abused by 2 people (Grace and Bob) in silebce for all these years? VnaMnangagwa kungoshandiswa. havana kana support. But the day bob kicks the bucket, there will be major celebrations in motherland! Freedom is very very near. VanaMnangagwa naJonathan muchamhanya zvenyu!

    1. Wezhira Wezhara says:


  2. Wezhira Wezhara says:

    Mnangagwa has support but everyone who has supported him has been brutally purged by the Mujuru Camp….Just look at all the DCC executives(over 700) who were disbanded in 2012 or the 8 provincial executives who supported him in 2004? Or the likes of Madiro&Matuke& the late Mafa who were frivolously suspended in 2013 for being ED allies? Why do VP Mujuru and her allies now all of a sudden suddenly remember that we should treat each other with respect and adhere to the party constitution? Where was that respect and constitutionalism in 2004? In 2009? In 2012? Saka ma zezuru oga can break the rules against makaranga? Bodo ngavaende ku dotito mugoti titorevo kuno ku Bikita

  3. Kondo says:

    All this shows how trivial and irrelevant Zanu, Mugabe and Grace are. They care nothing about Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans but for themselves. If we let them continue to abuse us and our country like this then we can as well rename the country “Mugabe and Grace’s Playground”.

    1. Abbie says:

      Wezhira, so you mean Mnangagwa will continue the culture of electoral theft?

  4. Patriot says:

    This was supposed to have taken place in 1990. It is rather too little too late for the Mujuru camp, security chiefs, Dydimus, Rugare etc to rise up against Mugabe. They entertained his rogue tactics of manipulation for far too long and now they suffer the consequences. ZANU PF is suffering from severe political kwashiorkor so any attempts to ascend to power for Joice may not be worth it because what Zimbabweans don’t want anymore is ZANU PF. What kind of political ideology is it that when you have a different opinion to the President you are wrong?

  5. Adopt the free election of all position holders at every level like the ANC does in South Africa. You will never have chaos and quarrels in Zimbabwean politics again once that is done. It will solve our economic and social disorders and diarrhoea forever.

    1. ………kupenga nemanyoka woreve nhema? forever? Kana one anopisika, wokoniwa. Zvokwadi handina kuhwa munhu umwe anohonyora fiction sewe. Ndowa pasi nekuseka. Chiroto chako chasiya vanhu vawa mubhawa. Manyepo ako asi ode kuti ndidye mari yangu yese iri kubank.

  6. The president thrifes on potrayhing himself as the victim of assassination plots ever since the late 1970s:
    Zvigananda; abel Muzorewa, Ndabaningi Sithole, Joshua Nkomo, Tsholotsho gathering, tsvangirai, Gunda, Nleya etc. The list is endless.

  7. nazi says:

    I like Grace Mugabe.she is quickly moving Zimbabwe towards freedom from this evil party.If security chiefs are purgred it means the forces will break loyalty along factional lines.already Zanu pf has disintergrated.90percent of junior officers in the uniformed forces dont like Mugabe.the situation is now ripe for total disintergration of the party.

    1. Nyika yose yowa. Tohosara takabata kunyo tichihwa vanhu kuhochema nenhamo. Ndakahwa vaMuzenda kuhoti Zimbabwe ichahotongwa nengochani. Vanhu vose zvachose vanhu rume nevanhu kadzi tese togara tichingo svigwavo.

    2. Chiroto chaGrace ichi che”coup” ne “assassination” anoho chigoma vo here kuchimisa kana adzinga makava nemapere ari kupedze makwayi nembuzhi.

  8. Zvandahwa kuti security chiefs will be butted out, these are dangerous kutotya “coup” ne”assassination” yavaMugabe. Saka chiroto chaGrace che”Coup” ndoziva kuti hapana manyepo. Tohosara totongwa naPresident Jonathan Moyo. Chirungu cha professor kwahi mavoko zvino tinoahwa?

  9. Iwe Nyika yowa, vanhu kuchema nhamo itsva ichawuya. Ndakahwa vaMuzenda vachiti Zimbabwe ichatongwa neve kumanyowa. Vanhu rume nevanhu kadzi, kana umwe anosara togara tichisvigwa.

  10. Who cares, they are all corrupt snakes.

  11. Sydney says:

    So will Grace finally achieve what Tsvangirai failed to achieve during his five year holiday in the GNU? If those miltary men were stupid enough, they would allow Mugabe’s wife to influence her husband to remove them.Infactpple like Chihuri and Joice Mujuru, were supposed to break away and form their own party, but they are scared because they are cowards.Mugabe wants to sideline them because they are no longer useful to him, plus Grace is ware they are the ones who will stop her from ascending to take Mugabe;s position.She wants to get rid of everyone who can be a hinderance to achieving her ambitions of becoming Zimbabwe president.

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