Zimbabwe defence force chief retires, seen being elevated to VP

Lester Mason
December 18, 2017

AfricaNews.com:-Zimbabwe's army has announced the end of the "Operation Restore Legacy", which toppled president Robert Mugabe in November. Just a handful could be seen standing around with civilian police.

In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said General Chiwenga retired pending redeployment and Zimbabwe National Army Commander, Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda has been promoted to fill the vacancy.

Chiwenga, 61, has served in the armed forces since Zimbabwe's independence from Britain in 1980.

In a statement, Dr Sibanda also announced the retirement of Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner General Dr Augustine Chihuri. Addressing a press conference on behalf of the Defence and Security Services at Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks this morning, Commander Zimbabwe National Army Lieutenant General Philip Valerio Sibanda said Operation Restore Legacy has achieved its goal to apprehend criminals around the former President Mugabe and there is now change of guard in the country's leadership.

Other key figures in the coup, Major General Sibusiso Moyo, now foreign minister, has been promoted to Lieutenant General on retirement.

Ambassador Major General Edzai Absolom Chanyuka Chimonyo has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General, and assumes the post of Commander Zimbabwe National Army, taking over from Gen Sibanda.

Commander Sibanda told the media in the morning that the army would shut down their last roadblocks in the capital and around the country hand over to police.

"The Defence and Security Forces, come before you, once again, to pronounce the end of Operation Restore Legacy today, the 18th of December", said Sibanda, who was flanked by other senior members of the security forces.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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