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Vol 50 No 17

Published 28th August 2009


Zimbabwe

Shiri salutes, sort of

The military parades and razzamatazz over the Heroes and Defence Forces weekend in August dovetailed with Vice-President Joseph Msika's state funeral and saw the junta on its best behaviour. To ensure everyone knows who is boss, a directive to the state media decreed that Robert Mugabe must always be referred to as President and Commander in Chief. The state and independent media gave full coverage to the fact that Air Marshal Perence Shiri and Lieutenant General Philip Sibanda gave ostentatious full salutes to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and, although other service chiefs managed to stick to their guns by saluting only Mugabe, it was done in a manner that was inoffensive.

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