Monday, May 27, 2019

Operation Restore Economy: We will respond in kind

One of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s top allies has warned that they would “respond in kind” after a website linked to Zimbabwe’s Military Intelligence reported that army chiefs were ready to force the Zanu PF leader out of power.
Combative Vice President Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga, and a hardline military faction backing his political doctrine and ambitions, are reportedly on the verge of booting President Mnangagwa out of office through another subtle military intervention.
Mnangagwa’s ouster would be carried out under a military operation code-named “Operation Restore Economy”, citing “Military Intelligence sources and long-time serving former cabinet ministers.”
“Mnangagwa is keen to save face and resign to avoid humiliation, but a Zanu PF faction supporting his presidency is resisting the move,” the website reported.
Terence Mukupe, who previously served as Zimbabwe’s deputy Finance Minister and is one of Mnangagwa’s top political allies, took to Twitter on Friday to warn against the plot.
“You can’t employ the same strategy twice. Good luck to you daydreamers. We will respond in kind,” Mukupe tweeted, apparently referring to the 2017 coup which ironically catapulted Mnangagwa into power.