Soldiers must not join politics, says opposition party leader Chamuka
By staff reporter
ACTIVE and retired soldiers should not trade their camouflage for political or government positions because their training robs them of compassion and affection towards the general population, said Party leader of the Ideas of Democracy, Herbert Chamuka.
Speaking at the IDP manifesto launch in Gweru on Sunday, Chamuka said soldiers should stay in barracks because they are taught to be killers.
âAmong the things we talked about today is the issue of soldiers. When we win the election in 2023, no ex-soldiers will be in government. Once a soldier always a soldier and a soldier should die. Soldiers are taught to kill, so they shouldn’t be in government or politics, âhe said.
Chamuka’s statements come at a time when retired General Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is under fire from parts of society after his infamous speech where he spoke as if he was in the barracks while giving a frightening warning to Chief Murinye.
Chief Murinye is accused by the government of having undermined the authority of President Emmerson Mnangagwa after lamenting corruption.
In his speech, Chamuka, 2023 presidential candidate for the IDP, also spoke out against corruption which has affected all facets of the economy.
âOur manifesto addressed different issues affecting the ordinary citizen, including education, health, economy and corruption,â he said.
Chamuka urged people to vote for the internally displaced and pledged sweeping changes in the country’s governance.
âWe say we vote for new ideas. When we win the election in 2023, we will improve the livelihoods of ordinary people. We will increase salaries and education will be free, âhe said.
The dynamic Chamuka described his party as the government on standby, confident of defeating Zanu PF and MDC.
âWe are going to defeat them in a resounding way. Zimbabweans are ready for change and we will make it happen. The support I received from the provinces I visited is a lesson in humility, âhe said.