Ex-ZANU PF Official Says Chiwenga Should Have Led Post-coup Government
Former ZANU PF Mashonaland Central official Goodman Tamuona Musariri said that he is going challenge President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s legitimacy in the courts of law.
Speaking during an interview with NewsDay reporter Garikai Mafirakureva, Musariri said he supported the November 2017 military coup believing that then ZDF commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, would lead a “much-awaited” transitional authority to bring stability to Zimbabwe. Said Musariri:
I became a fan of the Operation Restore Legacy of November 2017 which was led by General Chiwenga and the army which I believed was going to end up with the formation of much-awaited transitional authority led by Chiwenga himself.
I find Mnangagwa’s ascendancy through the unsanctioned Zanu PF central committee caucus of November 19 2017 unlawful, null and void.
Chiwenga like any VP in Zanu PF is not an elected member of congress, but an appointee of the President to serve at Mnangagwa’s pleasure and mercy.
… the whole ‘new dispensation’ is voidable with Chiwenga’s position being held in abeyance or in suspense mode unless he claims the revision of Operation Restore Legacy after acknowledging the illegitimacy of the ascendancy of Mnangagwa…
Musariri was arrested on 3 April 2020 on charges of undermining the authority of the President after he allegedly called upon Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga to take over from his boss.