The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) says as the country’s Defence and Security Services says it is heartened by the people’s display of composure, order and discipline during various marches which occurred at the weekend without any public violence.
In a statement issued this evening, the ZDF said meetings with His Excellency, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe have gone on in an atmosphere of mutual respect and several guarantees have been made.
The Commander ZDF, General Constantino Dominic Guveya Nyikadzino Chiwenga siad; “As your Defence and Security Services, we remain seized with the operation code named “Operation Restore Legacy”. We are confident to take our beloved country out of its present circumstances and set it on the desired development trajectory”.
Following the address to the nation by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces last night, the ZDF has made further consultations with the President to agree on a roadmap on the prevailing situation in the country.
The Zimbabwe Defence and Security Services also said they are encouraged by the new developments which include contact between the President and the former Vice President, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, who is expected in the country shortly.
“Thereafter, the nation will be advised on the outcome of talks between the two. In the meantime, His Excellency and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde R.G. Mugabe has started processes towards a definitive solution and roadmap for the country,” said General Chiwenga.
As this happens, the Zimbabwe Defence and Security Services are urging Zimbabweans to remain calm and patient, fully observing and respecting the laws of the country for the sustenance of the precious peace we should never lose.
The Zimbabwe Defence and Security Services further urge other political players, including members of the ruling Zanu PF, the veterans of the liberation struggle, opposition groups, students, and generality of the people to refrain from any actions or activities that would threaten the peace, life and property.
The ZDF encouraged students at the country’s various institutions to be calm and to proceed with their educational programmes as scheduled and TO REMEMBER THAT ONE DAY OF EDUCATION LOST IS DIFFICULT TO RECOVER.
Once again, the Zimbabwe Defence and Security Services has paid particular tribute to all Zimbabweans for the regard and support shown during the execution of Operation Restore Legacy.
“We remain a people’s Force and Security Services, which is why uppermost on our mind is the conclusion of this whole operation with the minimum inconvenience and certainly without any collateral loss of life, injury or destruction of property,” noted General Chiwenga.
The Zimbabwe Defence and Security Services also said they will keep Zimbabweans informed on any new developments as they occur.