Zimbabwe’s National Security Council has dismissed rumours of a military coup saying this was meant to taint the image of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and undermine the legitimacy of government.
The Council said the rumours which had been swirling in Zimbabwe, suggested former members of the ZANU-PF who fell by the wayside and went into self-imposed exile at the advent of the new dispensation in November 2017 and were coming together in a united front with some senior government leaders, members of the security forces of Zimbabwe and elements of the opposition formations, were also aimed at causing the country ungovernable.
The council accused former Cabinet minister Saviour Kasukuwere and MDC Alliance vice chairman Job Sikhala and their ‘a coterie of their accomplices’ of peddling the false narrative. And warned they would be prosecuted and punished.
“The government of the Republic of Zimbabwe has noted with grave concern a recent upsurge in rumours suggesting an imminent military coup d’etat in the country.
“Government would therefore like, through the agency of the working committee of the National Security Council as convened here
in terms of Section 209 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act 2013 to unequivocally debunk and dismiss these rumours with the contempt they deserve.
“This is a bid to taint the image of His Excellency, the President (Emmerson Mnangagwa), to undermine the legitimacy of government and to render the country ungovernable,” National Security Council said in a statement yesterday