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Mutasa, war veterans clash

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THREE former freedom fighters’ groups in Manicaland have petitioned President Robert Mugabe demanding that he reins in Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa whom they accused of snubbing local spirit medium, Tenzi Nehoreka.

CHARLES LAITON
SENIOR REPORTER

The ex-fighters’ groups are National Traditional Inheritance, Kingdom, Chieftainship; Zimbabwe National Liberators’, War Veterans’ Association; and The Governance of Zimbabwe.

In the petition dated October 1 2014, the former freedom fighters groups also questioned Mutasa’s war credentials arguing he never trained as a fighter like many other comrades did except paying a visit at Chimoio camp in Mozambique where he spent much of his time.

Part of the document read: “All the enemy attacks that took place in 1976-77 the physical figure of Didymus Mutasa could not be located.

“Your Excellence, I have taken this chance to inform you what I saw during the installation of Chief Makoni in Rusape. I am Tenzi Nehoreka of the Royal Kingdom of Zimbabwe.”

The petition was prompted by the alleged attacks on Nehoreka by Mutasa during the installation of Chief Makoni in Rusape last Month.

Mutasa is alleged to have caused the arrest of Nehoreka for fuelling the chieftainship wrangle, although the latter was eventually acquitted by a Rusape magistrate.

“The senior minister surprised the crowd for down looking and criticised the national senior Holy Spirit and spear of the nation Tenzi Nehoreka during the installation of Chief Makoni.”

He also accused Mutasa of being used by certain whites despite them having fought blacks during the liberation struggle.

The freedom fighters also attached to their petition, a copy of a 1978 radio message sent by the late national hero Eddison Zvobgo, who was then Zanu deputy secretary for information in which he said: “The Patriotic Front wants to give Zimbabweans the first and last opportunity to withdraw from their criminal collaboration with the Ian Smith regime. If they comply with this warning they will be forgiven, if they persist they will be doomed as their principals.”

Mutasa could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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