President Edgar Lungu is planning to fire current Zambia army commander Lt. General Paul Mihova should he win the forthcoming elections for apparently ‘refusing to implement rigging directives’.
Senior military intelligence officers have however told the Watchdog that Gen. Mihova is being bad mouthed by his Airforce counterpart Eric Chimese, who is busy abusing ZAF planes to ferry PF cadres.
“It seems Gen. Mihova has been demoralised by Lungu treating Chimese as the chair of the defence command contrary to the etiquette where the army commander is superior to all other military wings. Apparently Gen. Chinese has taken advantage of the President’s weaknesses and is bad mouthing his colleague,” said the source.
The source further said that it was Chimese who was now even getting money for intelligence operations by the military wings and later redistribute to his colleagues.
Lungu’s conduct is typical of his mentor Rupiah Banda who entrusted his relative and then ZAF commander Andrew Sakala in 2011, the end of Sakala like it will be said is now history.
It is Mihova’s ‘disobedience’ that has made Lungu create a parallel army command mainly made of PF cadres and answerable directly to him.
Meanwhile Lungu plans to deploy soldiers in some rural constituencies of Western, North Western and Southern provinces to be doing what is disguised as intensive training in the run up to election but the aim of the idea is to scare the unsuspecting villagers when they see the heavily armed soldiers. Some PF cadres will also be sent to the same areas to spread falsehoods to the villagers that the soldiers were in the area to kill them if they don’t vote for Lungu.