“Personnel With Military Background Are Best Performers In Government”

“Personnel With Military Background Are Best Performers In Government”

Political analysts have dismissed as baseless claims that the government is captured by the military junta arguing that personnel with a military background have proven to be best performers in running State business globally.


According to a local publication, the opposition political parties in Zimbabwe’s claims that government is captured by the military are not only baseless but misinformed.

UK legislator Kate Hoey also recently tweeted that there should be no change of policy on Zimbabwe from the international community unless Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was “removed from his Vice Presidency and his control of the military”.

Speaking to a local publication Sunday, Harare-based political analyst Godwine Mureriwa said:

“Best performers across the world especially in the US are people with military background. Zimbabwe should not be an exception when it comes to exploitation of the rich experience brought by its own veterans in the running of its Government business.

The Bulawayo incident that almost wiped out the entire national leadership should be read in the context of terrorism and in such circumstances people with military background cannot be wished away in Government business.

It should also be remembered that Zanu-PF is a product of the military struggle brought about by Zanla and Zipra military wings and as the ruling party there is nothing amiss about having its leaders in Government.”

Another commentator, Tafadzwa Mugwadi said the appointment of decorated military personnel to government positions was a reflection of “statescraft”.

Said Mugwadi:

“Any reports or suggestions to the fact that the Zimbabwe Government is captured by the military are baseless to the extent that they are stupid. For the avoidance of doubt, Zimbabwe is a constitutional state where the role of State institutions and organs inclusive of the army are well defined and codified.

Any attempt therefore to smear the Government simply because there are decorated former military officers in Cabinet who were retired publicly is akin to lack of understanding of the art of statecraft.

In any case, until Donald Trump became the US president, it has been a cardinal but unwritten practice that distinguished former US Army commanders and others from their dreaded CIA contest for public office on retirement with a high chance of being victorious because they would have proved themselves in terms of their commitment to their country.

In light of this, how does it become an issue in Zimbabwe? This is nothing new but a continuation of calls by those with nefarious intentions who have historically and vindictively been calling for so-called security sector reforms agenda.”

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