Zanu-PF youth leader Kudzai Chipanga has made a dramatic about-turn in his condemnation of army leadership after a military takeover of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.

Chipanga whose powerful Zanu-PF youth wing has been a strong supporter of President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace says that he has voluntarily given his statement apologising for criticising the defence force chief, General Constantino Chiwenga.

He had accused the army chief of subverting the constitution.

Chipanga has publicly apologised on state television.

He says: “I kindly request General Chiwenga to please accept my apology on behalf of the youth league and myself. We’re still young people, still growing up. We learn from our mistakes and from this big mistake we have learnt a lot.”

“I also like to emphasise that this statement which I have given I have not been persuaded neither coerced or forced to do as such. We shall also make an effort to approach the commanders of our defence force in person so that we can offer our apology.”