Political analysts have said Zimbabwe is a military-run State and it is in the interest of the securocrats to ensure that the ruling ZANU PF wins the 2023 elections at all costs.
Analysts said the military, which assisted President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over power from his predecessor, the late Robert Mugabe in 2027 were the kingmakers of the land.
Speaking on Monday during a Twitter space discussion hosted by Open Parly, which discussed the topic 2023 Elections: A Discussion on Security Sector Reforms, MDC Alliance chairperson Morgan Komichi said:
The military in Zimbabwe has taken control of every sector. Even in the elections, the outcome will be determined by the military. ZANU PF always had military wings such as the ZANLA and the ZIPRA command. The future of this country will also be determined by the army.
Media specialist Zenzele Ndebele concurred with Komichi adding that the army has always been part of the ruling elite. He said:
… remember (the late) Rex Nhongo, who was part of ZANU PF, and was given a top military post. Do you think we will be able to separate the army from ZANU PF?
Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said any political party in the country that dreams of taking power should have the military on its side.
Another political analyst, Wilbert Mukori said the army has companies in Chiadzwa, where it is mining diamonds, therefore, handing power to the opposition at the expense of millions of dollars generated from mining activities is a dream. He added:
It is in the interest of the top brass in the security sector to ensure Zanu PF wins the forthcoming elections at all costs.
But Binga North legislator Prince Dubeko Sibanda (Citizens Coalition for Change) said the military could not be blamed for chaos in the country as it was also suffering due to the economic predicament.
He added that there was still a chance for Zimbabwe to implement security sector reforms.
Analyst Alex Nhundu said members of the security sector must not be allowed to vote and be restricted to being referees in elections for purposes of uniting Zimbabweans and the development of the country.