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Zimbabwe's "Politicised" Military Threatens 2023 Elections


A local think-tank, the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI), says state institutions such as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and judiciary need to be de-militarised and depoliticised to ensure credible elections in 2023.

In a recent report titled “Deterrence of the Zambian Precedent in Zimbabwe”, the ZDI argued that action needs to be taken to secure a smooth transfer of power if the opposition wins local elections.

Last year, Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s United Party for National Development (UPND) defeated the Patriotic Front led by Edgar Lungu, a development that was viewed as a victory for democracy by Zimbabwe’s opposition.

However, speaking after the Zambian elections, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said what happened across the Zambezi River will not happen in Zimbabwe.

The ZDI report said the involvement of the military in Zimbabwe’s politics and its alleged control of various key institutions was a threat to the transfer of power to the opposition. The report reads in part:

One key narrative is that top ZANU PF leadership positions are filled by retired members of the security apparatus and this legacy has been preserved from (the late former President Robert) Mugabe to the Mnangagwa regime.

This has enabled the military to be directly involved in ZANU PF political activities. Second is the narrative that security forces and ZANU PF are Siamese twins operating through an injure one injure all modus vivendi.

The military elite controls the electoral and transition politics using either the indirect route, using ZANU PF and retired components, or directly through hands-on military operations.

The Joint Operations Command (Joc), a military elite structure combining heads of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), the Air Force, and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has been depicted as the apex decision-making body in Zimbabwe that steers the electoral and transition politics in ZANU PF and government.

The report also said that the military uses veiled threats to instil fear in voters and induce self-censorship. Reads the report:

Another strategy has been the use of military deterrence measures to encourage self-censorship and fearful voters.

Such military deterrence strategies include declarations by the military elite reiterating that Zimbabwe is a military state and that ZEC is indeed militarised.

Moreover, key democracy consolidation institutions such as the legislature, the judiciary, state media, and ZEC have been manipulated to restore and preserve the interests of the ruling military elite.

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Machiavelli 2 months ago

Is it the threat of "Politicised" Military or is it "Militarised" Politics that's a threat to Zimbabwe? I think it's the latter that is more dangerous

Da Truth 2 months ago

They died for nothing 42yrs nothing has changed since .I wonder what they are saying in there graves .Zvakasiyiwa na Smith mu Harare ndozviripo zvakawanda .Count wega kkkkk roads Smith railway lines iye,ma building, iye kkk reserve Bank,net one,jongwe house,joina city, Sheraton now rainbow towers,ndozvitsva pa 42 yrs varikuti 2030 vanenge vwchipo saka todii kkkk🐸🐸🐸🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

luvale 2 months ago

Politics is a game within economics,but the blood of fallen heroes and the live is not a game.

VaGwede 2 months ago

Nyaya inongoripo ndeyekuti security should be mutual so that all candidates should be equal not saying party is the security how can you be both a player and a referee


chikandamina 2 months ago


Teku Teku 2 months ago

Ndinewo mubvunzo kuti Zambia zvayakachinja president economy yanakawo here pindurai Hama handina passport dai ndanozvionerawo ndega

chief Nemauyu 2 months ago

Zimbabwe will import electricity for winter cropping from zambia. Chitsvaga anza yaurikuda.

bangbang 2 months ago

zec Tobe demilitarized produce a clean voterrsroll for credible elections cheating will end guys

bangbang 2 months ago

opposition minus mwonzora should unite and unseat Zanu of or request aggressive superpowers to discipline zdf fort democracy's sake Taneta me mbavha dze Zanupf

Zec 2 months ago

Ngapinde mukoma wacho tione

gogodera 2 months ago

we're is Bush lawyer

CIO 2 months ago

He is here with me. Do you want to join him? I can come and pick you up right now

kinte 2 months ago

bush lawyer akaita tsaona nekuda kwemapotholes

VYBZ KARTEL 2 months ago

Alive and well even I hate to admite

VYBZ KARTEL 2 months ago

dream and dream again

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

The difference btwn Zimbabwe and Zambia is that Zambia had no interference of the west 😂
If the west let politics in Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans then the army wont worry.

The fact that the west sanctioned Zimbabwe to make its citizens suffer so they can turn against each other was a bad move which the army will want to protect coz its about land 🥱 eish hope hadzisi hope i keep yawning, sorry i wanted to say that dream is kinda nightmare 😂

Machiavelli 2 months ago

@Jah, kumwe kuzvara hunts ndove (procreation of some people is like defecating). Dai baba naamai vako vakamenya nzungu musi wavakakusika, dai vakaita basa.

Kule 2 months ago

Dzimwe pfungwa dzinongove enslaved. Every problem the west, ndosaka so called high priest wenyu akaworera mumba muchiti kunhuwa kumuka. You cant differentiate between truth & lies what more life & death. Cry my beloved Zimbabwe.

𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗮𝘇𝗮 2 months ago

𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝘆 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗭𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗮𝗯𝘄𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿. 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝗴𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁.

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