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General PV Sibanda to succeed Mnangagwa as President?

by Mandla Ndlovu
02 Jul 2019 at 14:36hrs | Views
Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Philip Valerio Sibanda may succeed President Emmerson Mnangagwa as President of the party and subsequent of the country a Senior journalist Mduduzi has said.

Writing on Twitter Mathuthu said, "One day soon General Phillip Valerio Sibanda will leave the military to become ZANU PF chairman. He is Emmerson Mnangagwa's preferred heir."

There have been reports that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is working with a faction of ZANU PF linked to Minister Sibusiso Busi Moyo to pacify the supporters of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.

SB Moyo is reportedly close to General Sibanda.

Sibanda was the Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army a position he held from December 2003 to December 2017. He succeeded General Constantino Chiwenga as the Commander Defence Forces in December 2017.

Sibanda left the country in 1973 to join the liberation struggle. He received military training at Morogoro under the likes of Retired Brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri. His war alias was Ananias Gwenzi. He completed his training in Tanzania and proceeded to Lebanon for 9 months where he received vigorous training under the Palestinian Liberation Organization at Jalub. When he returned In 1975 he became an instructor at the newly opened Mbwembwesi training camp in Tanzania. He was then seconded to form part of the military commanders running Morogoro under the ZIPA. Among the Morogoro-based Zanla Commanders in Zipa were Constantino Chiwenga (commissar), Perence Shiri and Augustine Chihuri (Stephen Chocha). From ZIPRA there was Eddie Sigoge Mlotshwa and Sam Fakazi. He also became the commander of the GC-B region.

After the death of Alfred Nikita Mangena in 1978, he became the camp commander for the CGT (Communist Guerrilla Training) camp, located about 60 miles east of Lusaka. He was initially appointed to the ZIPRA High Command as chief of training, however, he swapped that position with Eddie "Sigoge" Mlotshwa for Chief Of Reconnaissance leading the Military Intelligence department.




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