Constantine  Chiwenga

Constantine Chiwenga

Commander General of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF)

Date of Birth: 25/08/1956
Place of Birth: Wedza

Career: Joined the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA), 1973; Member of ZANLA general staff, 1974; Member of ZANLA high command and Deputy Commissar, 1978;  Commander 1 Brigade, 1981; Commander 5 Brigade, 1984; Brigadier-General, 1987; Lieutenant-General and Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army, 1994; Full-General and Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, 2005 to date.

Commentary: Constantine Chiwenga kept a largely low profile, being overshadowed by his more vociferous wife Jocelyn, who had tiffs with white farmers and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) President Morgan Tsvangirai.  It was only when President Robert Mugabe’s political career seemed under threat and Tsvangirai was showing signs that he could win the 2008 elections that he hit the headlines when he said he would not salute Tsvangirai echoing ideas of his predecessor Vitalis Zvinavashe just before the 2002 presidential elections. His sentiments were taken seriously as he is Commander of the Defence Forces and is in charge of the Joint Operations Command, though nominally this is under Emmerson Mnangagwa. Chiwenga originally supported Solomon Mujuru who comes from the same province and was commander of the army but seemed to then throw in his lot with Mnangagwa who was once again Mugabe’s favourite. Observers feel that Chiwenga has been given too much credit when the man behind the scene was really Mnangagwa. He could, therefore, be retired any time if he loses favour with Mnangagwa, who is now defence minister. This would go down well with Tsvangirai who feels that the military has no respect for him.

*Chiwenga was also known as Dominic Chinenge and only changed his name after the unity accord of 1987.

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The defenestration of Mujuru

Her place was, tellingly, taken by the Armed Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga and Major Gen...

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Bail for Baba

They are believed to include the head of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Constantine Chiwenga, and the Prisons Commissioner, Gen...

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Ruling party conference ignores crisis

Constantine Chiwenga, who has presidential aspirations of his own...

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Arms-for-minerals trades exposed

Maphosa, as well as army commander General Constantine Chiwenga and Air Force of Zimbabwe chief, Air Marshal Perence Shiri, revealed that less than $5 mn...

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Tilting at the ANC

The internet blogger ‘Baba Jukwa’ has claimed that the EFF receives funds from Zimbabwe via its Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Saviour Kasukuwere; Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa; the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Force, General Constantine Chiwenga; and State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi...

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Rushing and cheating

A defeat in the first round could bring intervention by the Zimbabwe Defence Force, whose Commander, General Constantine Chiwenga, is known to harbour ambitions...

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Dress rehearsal vote

Constantine Chiwenga, media supremo Professor Tafataona Mahoso and the recidivist Registrar General, Tobaiwa Mudede...

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Electoral roll on, roll off

Armed Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga dismissed Tsvangirai as a ‘psychiatric patient’ and Western puppet, while Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri threatened to gaol anyone who claimed the service chiefs were talking to the MDC...

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A sickly constitution

The official media dodged such nuances and concentrated on prominent award-winners, who just happened to include the First Lady, Grace Mugabe, who won praise for her Gushungo Dairy, and General Constantine Chiwenga, Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Force, who walked off with the Floating Trophy for the best exhibitor’s stand...

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Muscling out Mugabe

Constantine Chiwenga, is also said to have presidential ambitions and basks in being styled ‘Zim 2’...

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