Acting President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga has opened up on ‘Operation Restore Legacy’ saying the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) are the last line of defence and when they realised that the fabric and foundation of society was under threat, as dedicated cadres they could not just sit and watch.
Dr Chiwenga made the remarks when he was presenting a public lecture on the role of the military in peace building and national reconciliation, which was held as part of Centenary Celebrations in honour of the late Vice President Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo.
The Joshua Nkomo Centenary Celebrations public lecture held at the University of Zimbabwe drew a diverse crowd.
The Acting President Dr Chiwenga was guest of honour and he presented a paper titled Dr Joshua Nkomo, the role of the military in peace building and national reconciliation – a reflection of ethical leadership.
Dr Chiwenga said the story of peace process in Zimbabwe from pre-independence to post independence can never be fully discussed without factoring and acknowledging the role played by the late Vice President.
He noted that spoilers are always there but that did not deter nationalists like Dr Nkomo, and they will not deter the current administration.
Dr Chiwenga said Operation Restore Legacy was driven by the need to protect our country from implosion and collapse.
He added that peace and stability once attained must be defended at all costs and history will judge if the ZDF did the right thing or not.
Dr Nkomo’s family was also in attendance and his son Sibangilizwe Nkomo who spoke on behalf of the family implored Zimbabweans to cherish the spirit of togetherness and unity.
He also condemned the act of terrorism that occurred at a Zanu PF rally at White City Stadium last weekend.
The public lecture was hosted by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development in conjunction with the Joshua Nkomo Memorial Trust and the University of Zimbabwe.
Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira paid tribute to Dr Nkomo the nationalist for laying a solid foundation for the country.
Other speakers who include UZ Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura and former director of information and publicity for Zapu in Mozambique Cde Saul Ndlovu applauded the ethical leadership demonstrated by Dr Nkomo while concurring that in order to move forward Zimbabweans must realise that unity brings peace and peace brings development.