‘War vets target Mugabe ouster’

MANICALAND Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene has claimed war veterans led by axed minister Christopher Mutsvangwa have set their sights on President Robert Mugabe, following the “ouster” of Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko.



War veterans at the weekend passed a vote of no-confidence on Mphoko and seven other top Zanu PF officials — including national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, politburo members Jonathan Moyo, Patrick Zhuwao and Kudzi Chipanga — but Chimene insists Mugabe is the real target and the former freedom fighters’ resolution was designed to set the stage for Mugabe’s ouster.

“They cannot lure us all to go against the commander (Mugabe). That is impossible!” Chimene declared.

“These are indicators to pass a vote of no-confidence against the President. We can see that he (Mutsvangwa) is not interested in Mphoko, but President Mugabe.

“They are hiding behind Mphoko, but their target is President Mugabe. This also tells the level of his (Mutsvangwa’s) mental condition. President Mugabe is in power.”

Chimene said the weekend votes of no-confidence were driven by “sheer madness and outright ignorance”.

“That is total madness,” she said. “They passed that vote of no-confidence as who? He (Mutsvangwa) doesn’t have a position in the war veterans’ association and you have to check where the VONC (vote of no-confidence) was done. It was done in Gweru and does Mphoko stay in Gweru? Where is the relevance here of such actions? It doesn’t make sense at all?

“That is desperation and total madness. They are actually showing high levels of ignorance and I think we should engage a psychiatrist for Mutsvangwa.

“A normal war veteran should be disciplined just as what happened during the war when we all abided by the code of conduct.

“We are trained soldiers and if you see a trained soldier behaving in such a manner, you should be worried.”

But Mutsvangwa hit back, saying Chimene was not a war veteran, although she was the association’s information secretary before the two fell out.

“She is a desperate and inveterate liar,” he said.

“She even posits as a war veteran when she completed her primary education at Chindunduma School in Bindura after Independence. Ask her now that her splitting misadventure has collapsed, what will she do now?

“I hear she is boycotting tomorrow’s (today’s) meeting at the (War Veterans) ministry because His Excellency refused to recognise her phantom splinter movement.”

Mutsvangwa’s comments come as the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA)’s top leadership will today meet the country’s securocrats and officials from the War Veterans ministry to draft the agenda for their crunch meeting with Mugabe early next month.

Mugabe, the ZNLWVA patron, has agreed to meet the war veterans following weeks of turbulence, which threaten to split Zanu PF.

War Veterans ministry permanent secretary Retired Brigadier-General Asher Tapfumaneyi yesterday confirmed today’s meeting, but declined to disclose its agenda or details of who was attending.
“Yes, the meeting is on, but usually we don’t give details before meetings. Appropriate statements will be given after the meeting,” he said.

But NewsDay understands the ZNLWVA executive organised the meeting with the top brass of the country’s defence and security leadership to craft the agenda of their crunch indaba with Mugabe.
“Of course, the defence and security establishment has been vital in the affairs of the war veterans and many of them are war veterans too.

“They will be at the meeting and those who have formed their splinter group of war veterans will be embarrassed that they have failed in their plot,” a source privy to the details, who declined to be named, said.

Mutsvangwa’s executive was voted into office in 2014 at a congress organised by military chiefs following Mugabe’s order to dissolve the Jabulani Sibanda-led ZNLWVA executive.

Chimene, who claims to have taken over as interim chairperson of the war veterans, said the War Veterans ministry should be in charge of mobilisation for the meeting in consultation with her, arguing Mutsvangwa’s group was ousted.

32 Responses to ‘War vets target Mugabe ouster’

  1. Joker March 23, 2016 at 6:47 am #

    Mr President be very careful of this Mutsvangwa. anogona kutangisa hondo akaregererwa mukomana uyu

  2. Jocker smasher March 23, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    Mugabe must go. He is of no use to the living. Kungogara munduwe yaGrace chete. He has given all popwers to Grace and is controlled ari munduwe umomo. He is useless, old, tattrered, selfish. Unoti people went to war for one family to enjoy independence? When will the rest of us Zimbabweans enjoy the counry? we cant afford to go to Singapore, China, Malaysia for medical, financial and holidaying purposes. Ngaabaye muchinda uyu. 36 years + dzimwe before independence ari zanu leader dzakawandisa. Its enough. He is 93 and must go to rest. Bona achazvara manje manje…ombonotamba nekazukurtu rufu rusati rwamushanyira.

    • Beck March 23, 2016 at 9:01 am #

      Who will ever listen to that Grade 7 dropout of Chindunduma Primary School, She is out of touch with winds of change. She is one of the few who are supporting Mugabe blindly and the unstrategic, foolish, gullible, sadistic G40. Very soon will be holding her by the neck like notorious Mexican drug baron, Al Chapo.

  3. Ganda Musango March 23, 2016 at 7:13 am #

    Chimene you should accept weeds of change. Chinobhururuka chino mara. Zanu pf yomhara zvino. Mugabe vom harare zvino. Usamhanyirire kuri Mutsvangwa anopenga. Iwe Mandivavarira ndiwe uri kupenga. its time to face the reality.

  4. Soko March 23, 2016 at 7:44 am #

    Don’t be naive Ganda. Usafurire Mutsvangwa. Arikutamba nemoto uyo. You honestly believe Mugabe is going to take this lying down. I don’t think so! This old Matibili guy needs a well calculated, unified approach. Kwete zvejambanja izvi. Watch this space!

  5. butchwa bonda mtuvi March 23, 2016 at 7:47 am #

    @joker..u are a joker sibili. u mean president must be careful of mutswangwa than g 40

    • Muchadura March 23, 2016 at 8:31 am #

      Mutsvangwa is only bold enough to say what the majority is not saying, uyu chimene uyu achangopinda muspollight so arikutsvaga kunanzvawo parikunanzviwa nevamwe…. it looks likes this is just not G40 but Bob himself, he just put himself in a fix nespeech yake about Solomon Mujuru, it looks like a systematic elimination yevanhu vese who pose a threat to him, vanhu varikufa nenzara, people are unemployed yet anenharo kuti only himself knows… zvakwana….people are fed up. The respect he had is slowly going away. He might not have created G40, but he watched the little cub he used to scare others with grow into the tiger that will tear apart his party if he is not careful

  6. chamu March 23, 2016 at 8:28 am #

    njere dzataika mhanduwe ndokuparara kwezanu uku

  7. SHIBOBO March 23, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    The handling of Chris Mutswangwa and Jabulani Sibanda is proof that you can fool some people some time but not all the people all the time. It has exposed how naive and short sighted Mugabe can be, or has become. He may have succeeded in using some people and dumping them as he wishes, but these two are going to be his downfall.

    These are the types of people who you would rather have inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in. When they are outside the tent, pretty soon all those inside the tent get intoxicated with the stench of their pee, as is happening now in Zanu PF by what they are doing outside. Mugabe truly made his bed of nails, now let him sleep on it!!!!

    Press harder on the pedal Chris and Jabu!! This monster must fall for sure!!!!

  8. Hapana Zvamunotiita March 23, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    Chris Mutsvangwa is backed by Emmerson , Chiwenga and me. #HapanaZvamunotiita@HandeiTione#

  9. Same Hove March 23, 2016 at 9:57 am #

    @profmoyo prophesied correctly before he was bought by 6 pieces of silver that all things shall eventually come to an end. Zanu has already broken a world record of highest number of VONCs in the highest of mankind. No one can stop change because change can stop anyone. Go ahead mutsvangwa make history or become history!

  10. samanyika March 23, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    Guys when we give some if these comments is for the sake of our positions, we all rally behind you Mutsvangwa and your team, we can’t mention Mnangangwa because he is still with us kuno hakuchina chimuko. Keep on guys

  11. Stokononzi March 23, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    kkkk pissing out and pissing in! you remind me of a movie called Desparado there was quite some action there. you made my day Shibobo.

  12. Patriot March 23, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    Saka Mutsvangwa ndiye ega akarwa hondo here? Akatorambira na Amai Dr Mujuru kuti havana kudonhedza helicopter as if the whole war pakadonha 1 ndege. The guy thinks everyone is a fool kkkkkk

  13. Cde Humba March 23, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    Zviroto izvo….kugutisa…the war was not only fought in Camps.Most people fought esp the povo that supported the ex combat during the Chimurenga.Vabereki vakatambudzwa nemabhunu.VP Mphoko ouster by ZNLWVA in Gweru is null & void(disappointing the the appointing authority H.E. President R.G.Mugabe). Ivo H.E avabvi nzvekumanya…kuCongress chete.MuZNLWVA mapinda mharatsatsa pasi navo #GUSHUNGOCHETECHETE

  14. Kufandada March 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

    War Vets will be told to dissolve their exective.I do not see Mugabe meeting Mutsvangwa given his unrepentent attitude and votes of no confidence.They will be told their mandate is welfare of war veterans and they can not talk about ZanuPF Politburo members.That is not their mandate.

    • midas March 23, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

      But Mugabe was appointed by the war vets in Mozambique to be the ZANU PF leader, he did not become a leader just from nowhere.

      • Cde Humba March 23, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

        That was then…Now we are guided by ZANU PF Party democratic constitution.War Vets are also ZANU PF card carrying members & an organ of the Party(they know that the only position that the document states is achieved only through votes, is that of the First Secretary & Pres of the Party).Remember Zimbabwean Political Parties are democratic except Mdc-t,its a game of numbers within the parties esp at their Congresses…Deal with that!!!!!!!!!!!. If rebellious Ex Combat can’t outnumber(in terms of votes by delegates) those for Gushungo at ZANU PF Congress then they should go hang, go to hell!!!!

  15. wellaz March 23, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    we are in desperate need of a change,Mwari vanokupa nguva refu uchiita tunhu twese uone kutadza kwako ….what a dismal failure by these old madala. They should move out!!!!!!

  16. aroma March 23, 2016 at 12:21 pm #


  17. Mkanya March 23, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Ndiwo maonero evamwe, ko imi munotikudiwo nazvo?

  18. Chinoz March 23, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    Varungu vaiti munhu akataura anything negative about the ruling party or government aiiswa mujeri and when government yevanhu came in ,almost the same is happening therefore kusununguka kuri papi?

  19. mudzonga March 23, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    Mbavha dzonga

  20. Eagle eye March 23, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    Everyone is now so useless in zanupf its even hard to choose which faction to support or sympathize with

  21. prof March 23, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    ….handei tione….!!!!!

  22. Gazza March 23, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

    Chinombururuka chinomhara chete.Isu tuzu zvedu kutarisa.

  23. gozho March 23, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

    zanupf unongodya ipapo vakangwara vanoramba kushandiswa woita twunhu twako kwete kuita mukurumbira wekudzivirira empire yevamwe,muchamuka,Mutsvangwa is right maida kuti ashandise mari yake kuministry.all people in zanupf are unconscious believe me.

  24. tafirenyika March 23, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    we want change someone must to resign taneta todawo mabasa………..

  25. Mukanya March 23, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    Dzese imbavha nemhondi, Zanu PF ne ZimPF

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