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FORMER Zanu PF youth leader Kudzanai Chipanga who was heavily assaulted by soldiers in the November 2017 coup that brought down Mugabe now that says Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga must be charged with treason over his utterances on November 13, 2017 where he threatened to use the Zimbabwe National army to stop former President Robert Mugabe from firing him as the head of the army.
Its interesting that Chipanga after the heavy assault that left him swollen and bloodied, apologised to Chiwenga publicly as in the accompanying video clip. made the remarks in his founding affidavit which he filed alongside his application at the High Court, where he is seeking a review of the ruling by Harare magistrate Edwin Marecha dismissing a demand for further particulars, including a statement made by Chiwenga on the eve of the coup that toppled army toppled Mugabe.
The former Makoni West MP is being charged with communicating falsehoods, causing dissatisfaction in the Zimbabwe National Army and undermining public confidence in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), charges emanating from a Press conference he gave at the Zanu PF headquarters where he was responding to Chiwenga’s threats. Chiwenga was at that time, the commander of the Zimbabwe defence forces on November 13, 2017 when he issued a written statement criticising the then president Robert Mugabe, a week after the he had fired the then forcibly exiled Emmerson Mnangagwa as his deputy.
Gen Chiwenga at a Press conference held at the army’s KG IV (renamed Josiah Magama Tongogara) headquarters in Harare at the time stated, “The current purging and cleansing process in Zanu PF which so far is targeting mostly members associated with our liberation history is a serious cause for concern for us in the defence forces,”
“We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in. The currentpurging of which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith.”Chiwenga said the army could step in to “stop reckless utterances by politicians from the ruling party denigrating the military which is causing alarm and despondency within the rankand file; that the current purging of which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith; that the known counter-revolutionary elements whohave fomented the current instability in the party must be exposed and fished out; and as the party goes for the extraordinary congress, members must go with equal opportunity toexercise their democratic rights.”
He was flanked by the Zimbabwe National Army leadership.
The next day, the then Zanu pf youth leader Chipanga held a Press conference responding to Chiwenga’s threats, where he dared the army and vowed that the youths would die for Mugabe, statements now constituting thecriminal charges against him.
This resulted in Chipanga being abducted by the Zimbabwe military during the November 2017 coup, where he was heavily assaulted before being forced to apologise live on television to the Gen Chiwenga (Watch the clip) .
Chipanga and his co-accused, Innocent Hamandishe and Rodney Dangarembizi, made an application before Marecha seeking an order to compel the State to avail to them a statement by Chiwenga which the State alleges was used by Chipanga to castigate the Vice-President.
However, Marecha is said to have dismissed Chipanga’s application on the basis that what the State had provided him and his colleagues was enough for them to draft their defence.
“For instance, the indictment alleged that I (Chipanga) gave a statement at a Press conference referring to an earlier statement by Commander, Defence Forces, Constantino GuvheyaChiwenga. The statement by Chiwenga becomes self-evidently important to us. If for instance, the statement by Chiwenga was seditious, which it was, what Chiwenga then said wascriminal,” Chipanga said.
“That aspect would then absolve me of any wrong doing. This is because contrary to what the State alleges. It is in fact Chiwenga who is the complainant in this case. He cannot benefitfrom his own wrong-doing. The same argument goes to the rest of the requested particulars. Once provided, they absolve us.“The particulars then become necessary for our defences. The respondents (State and Marecha) must not be allowed to dictate how we conduct our defences or to decide for us whichinformation is necessary for our defences.”
In his application, Chipanga said on April, 1 2019, his lawyers wrote a letter to the Prosecutor-General (PG) requesting certain particulars to enable him to prepare for the trial butthe State failed to do so.
He said the investigating officer was called to give evidence and he told the court he was in a position to supply Chipanga with the information he needed but only if he was directed bythe court to do so.Apparently, the magistrate did not do as such, arguing the requested particulars were not necessary.
www.newzimbabwevision.com says that Chipanga was leading the Zanu pf youth under Mugabe, the very youth who led the suffering of Zimbabweans under Mugabe and his wife Grace. He knows how blood thirsty the Zanu pf party is and that they left him barely alive in 2017 November, so, its foolish to start calling for the RTD Gen Vice president Chiwenga to be charged with treason by the same system he created. Chiwenga is the man behind the fall of Mugabe and the return of Mnangagwa and this being Zanu pf, push them hard enough and he may not live to see Christmas. Chiwenga and Mnangagwa are the power behind the same courts that he is running to, the same courts that have legitimised the stolen election , same way as they legitimised Mugabe and his youth led then by Chipanga,..he should know better…Zanu pf are killers!..DISCUSS!
photo-Chipanga and Chombo in cuffs in 2017
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