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Zimbabwe’s government distanced itself from a deputy minister who said the army wouldn’t allow the opposition to rule if it wins an election this year.
The comments by Deputy Minister of Finance Terence Mukupe (pictured) – which echoed warnings that the military often made under former president Robert Mugabe – provoked outrage on social media and prompted a government spokesman to describe them as a threat to national security.
In an online video, Mukupe is seen telling a rally in Harare that the army would not let opposition leader Nelson Chamisa take power if he defeated President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Constantino Chiwenga, the general who led the de facto coup, has since become vice president.
His comments will bolster claims by those still loyal to Mugabe who say he was removed illegally.
Simon Khaya Moyo, acting information minister, said in a statement that the comments did not represent the position of the ruling ZANU-PF party, government or the military.
“Suggesting that our well-respected security organs will act in a partisan manner in relation to the country’s politics, apart from being unauthorised, are unlawful, reckless, improper, uncalled for and thus totally condemnable,” Moyo said.
Ramaphosa gives his pay to charity
Tthe President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will donate half of his presidential salary towards a fund in memory of Nelson Mandela.
The amount will go into a fund to be administered by the Nelson Mandela Fund. It will be known as the Nelson Mandela Thuma Mina Fund. The exact amount remains unknown as well as well as the duration of the donation.
The date set for the launch of the fund is July 18 – the birthday of Nelson Mandela, the country’s first black president. (