A leaked memo suggests that ZRP boss Augustine Chihuri is not welcoming the new President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The memo contains a hurriedly issued instruction to all ZRP stations not to remove the former President Robert Mugabe’s portrait until further notice.
“Be directed that the former President of Zimbabwe Comrade Gabriel Robert Mugabe should not be removed until further notice is given. Stop Stop,” reads the Memo.
The instruction was also issued via radio transmission, and was as is documented.
Police officers claim that this shows that Chihuri who has since been ‘advised’ to resign by President Mnangagwa’s special advisor, Ambassador Chris Mutsvangwa, has little reverence for his new boss, Mnangagwa.
There are some sections of society who support the school of thought that Mugabe will be reinstated as President of Zimbabwe, and Chihuri may have subscribed to it as well. Veteran publisher and academic Dr Ibbo Mandaza called the ousting of former president Robert Mugabe last month a coup d’etat, even though the international community has been hesitant in recognising it as such.
He said the AU’s Peace and Security Commission should organise a meeting as soon as possible to discuss the coup and the implications thereof, and how the AU could intervene.
Former Higher Education Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo, wrote on his Twitter account yesterday, alleging that the international community should reverse the Mnangagwa’s inauguration and disregard his government as illegitimate.
“When there was Military intervention in Zimbabwe which amounted to a coup in #2008, there was a stalemate & #Sadc intervened supported by the #AU. The intervention led to the #GNU in #2009. Unless mediated & cured, a coup can only produce an illegitimate government! #CuretheCoup,” Professor Moyo wrote.
During President Mnangagwa’s inauguration on 24 November, Chihuri was booed by thousands of Zimbabweans as he pledged allegiance to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Chihuri was firstly booed as he arrived at the National Sports Stadium and when he stood up to pledge loyalty to the new Head of State.
His humiliation reached the peak when he read his loyalty pledge as people vented their anger and chanted “He should go, he should go, he should go”, while others rolled hands to signal a substitution, a sign that is normally used in football.
War veterans chairman Christopher Mutsvangwa said Chihuri deserved the “disrespect and scorn” from members of the public because he had failed to discharge his duties professionally.
“In fact he should resign. He failed to act when the G40 cabal was busy looting national resources. Instead the work that was supposed to be done by the police ended up being done by the military,” he said.
There were also rumours last month that the then President Mugabe has instructed Chihuri to get the military boss arrested upon his return from China where he had been sent by Mugabe on government business.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Support Unit, colloquially known as the “black boots” is reported to have attempted to arrest Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander General Constantino Chiwenga when he returned from China a few days after Mnangagwa had been fired as the Vice President of this country.