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Saturday, May 31, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the BBC: Troops ‘must back Mugabe or quit’

Zimbabwe’s army chief has told soldiers they must leave the military if they do not vote for incumbent President Robert Mugabe in next month’s run-off poll.

Chief-of-staff Maj Gen Martin Chedondo said soldiers had signed up to protect Mr Mugabe’s principles of defending the revolution, state media reported.

“If you have other thoughts, then you should remove that uniform,” he said.

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“Soldiers are not apolitical; only mercenaries are apolitical,” said the general. “We should therefore stand behind our commander-in-chief.”

Apart from the obvious election-based problem here, this does not bode well (to put it mildly) for the prospect of a peaceful transition, should Mugabe lose the run-off.

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