War vets kick out Mphoko

VICE-President Phelekezela Mphoko

War veterans’ leaders say they have passed a vote of no-confidence in Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko and seven top party officials, as President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF teeters on the brink of implosion.



In an unprecedented move, the war veterans demanded that Mphoko “must fall”, raising the stakes ahead of a crunch meeting between the former liberation fighters and Mugabe set for early next month.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) spokesperson Douglas Mahiya yesterday said they were unapologetic over their actions, declaring they were the owners of Zanu PF.

“The war veterans are the owners of Zanu PF. Zanu PF cannot afford to ignore its forces in as much as Zanu and Zapu could never have ignored Zipra and Zanla,” he said sternly.

“We are the foundation of the party and the party must take what we say very seriously. The vote of no-confidence has been passed and must be executed, that is what we expect.”

Mphoko is accused of fanning factionalism as well as tribalism after he said at a rally in Chiweshe a few weeks ago it did not follow that since Mugabe was a Zezuru, a Karanga must succeed him.

The VP has been strongly linked to Zanu PF’s Generation 40 (G40) faction, which is allegedly led by First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Other leading party figures that the war veterans want fired are Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, politburo member Jonathan Moyo, women’s league finance secretary Sarah Mahoka, Harare provincial commissar Shadreck Mashayamombe, women’s league deputy secretary Eunice Sandi-Moyo, youth league deputy secretary Kudzai Chipanga and Youth minister Patrick Zhuwao.

In a chaotic weekend that saw no-confidence votes ringing out loud from Mashonaland West, Midlands to Bulawayo, the ex-freedom fighters met in Gweru where they plotted Mphoko’s downfall.

The meeting was addressed by national war veterans’ chairman and former minister Christopher Mutsvangwa.

“We never went to war along tribal lines and this man (Mphoko), who has been leading people from Sheraton Hotel (Rainbow Towers), had the audacity to make such tribal statements,” ZNLWVA secretary-general Victor Matemadanda said.

War veteran and former Zanu PF central committee member Elphas Tshuma labelled Mphoko a divisive figure, who wanted to cause a tribal war in Zimbabwe.

“A whole minister chanting songs like Zezuru Unconquerable, what if the Karangas also say they are unconquerable, and the Ndebeles or Manyikas do the same? We will have a civil war. He wants to push us to the Rwandan-type genocide,” he said.

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday was unwilling to delve into the raging political inferno.

“We have a constitution and that is our Bible,” he said.

“Every vote of no-confidence must have followed the law. If not, then we will not tolerate it and the necessary committee (national disciplinary committee) should investigate that.”

Repeated efforts to get comment from most of those affected who had no-confidence votes passed on them drew blanks, but a senior G40 proponent scoffed at the motions.

“We are not members of that association and how do you pass a vote of no-confidence in leaders from Gweru?” he said.

In a message posted on his Twitter account yesterday, Moyo seemed to pour cold water on the event.

“To be valid, a vote of no-confidence on anyone can only be passed by an organ to which that someone is a member,” he said.

At the Gweru meeting, Mutsvangwa denounced the G40 faction for “destabilising Zanu PF from within”, adding Mphoko’s liberation war credentials were questionable.

“We don’t know him and where he came from,” Mutsvangwa said.

He accused a Zanu PF politburo member of funding a named South African opposition party.

Mutsvangwa said the war veterans were going to send their resolution to African National Congress (ANC), advising South Africa’s ruling party that the named Zanu PF politician was not acting on behalf of the party.

“The ANC is unhappy that he (the named Zanu PF politician) associated with and funded the SA opposition politician, so we are going to forward that resolution to Umkhonto we Sizwe (the ANC’s military wing) that we have nothing to do with him,” he said.

“This matter has become a recurrent irritant on Zanu PF-ANC relations and the ZNLWVA will soon despatch a delegation to Luthuli House (ANC headquarters) to deliver this message and renew and reaffirm our historic solidarity forged in Angola, Tanzania and Zambia during the epic armed struggle against colonialism and apartheid championed by John Vorster and Ian Smith.

“War veterans called for his expulsion for his midwife role in identifying, mentoring and giving material and financial succour to the SA opposition leader.”

Mutsvangwa said Moyo was the architect of the regime change agenda at State House and “pretended to defend President Mugabe when he acted like a Selous Scout”. During the liberation war, the Rhodesian regime set up a brutal special unit, Selous Scouts, who under false cover operated as freedom fighters infiltrating and killing people supporting the struggle.

The meeting was attended by war veterans’ leaders from Bulawayo, Matabeleland North, South, Mashonaland West and East.


  1. It has all along been a known open secret that Zanu pf was behind the formation of an opposition party which enjoyed funding from the country’s state coffers while its people are wallowing in poverty.The health service delivery is in an intensive care unit if not non existence.All this was done to boost an individual’s ego and destabilise the African National Congress’s programme of poverty alleviation and consolidation of South Africa’s young democracy.

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  3. At least we know that Zanu Pf belongs to ZNLWVA. We need a party or people who are busy mending the economy not this circus. We are sick and tired of people fighting for positions. Its because you are all enjoying abd your stomachs are full. You have farms producing nothing. People are unemployed and you are telling us of vote of no confidents. Is it a crime for a Zimbabwean not to have gone to war. So every position must be filled by a war veteran. Did you fight alone in that war?

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  5. There you have it! These “comrades” fought to free Zanu PF members NOT Zimbabweans. Is it any wonder they are at each other’s throats and the gloves are off?

    No wonder the country is in a rut, there was never any national vision at all just mumbo jumbo. With this myopic bunch, we’ll be in this same state 36 years from now.

  6. To say the least there is no future in Zimbabwe as long as these so called war vets are around. Looks like we are having a bit of a circus. Destroy from within….

  7. “Every vote of no-confidence must have followed the law. If not, then we will not tolerate it and the necessary committee (national disciplinary committee) should investigate that.” Which vote of confidence ever followed the law in ZANUPF. They say the Disciplinary committee must handle it. The one headed by Mphoko???!!!

  8. “Every vote of no-confidence must have followed the law. If not, then we will not tolerate it and the necessary committee (national disciplinary committee) should investigate that.” Have vote of no confidence ever been lawful in ZANUPF. They are lawful as long as they are targeting a certain group of people. The issues have to be overseen by the disciplinary committee is headed by Mphoko???!!!

  9. ilema leli uMtutsvanga selihlanya sibili. it ( Mustvanga) was a junior in the liberation war, we who went to war under the command of General Josh know VP Mphoko. ask the liberation war stalwarts like DD, Kembo Dugish Mohadi, Cde Molly Mpofu they will tell you that Mphoko was there.

    we only knew this thing ( Mutsvanga) after it started undermining its boss Mumbengegwi otherwise its was a nonentity.

    • True this Mutsvangwa is a psycho who has long stopped taking his medication, Its a case of lucipher running naked, anyone who takes this man seriously must also be mentally examined.
      This idiot and his few fools are finished. What do you expect from an underwear thief.

  10. Let them stop at nothing in destroying themselves. No one can stop them from destroying themselves. They destroyed everything until there was nothing left except themselves …

  11. mutsvangwa and his hoodlums are psychopaths -vanorwara nepfungwa vanhu ava. mahiya i’m coming after you to take my farm in beatrice which you currently occupy!!

  12. Now Mugabe must not just beat these malcontents calling themselves ‘war veterans …. e must beat them up and unmask them from under their tribal robes!!!!!

  13. Good ridance of a bufoon vp.he must go back to which ever hole he pulled himself out of.kurambira muhotera iwe usingabhadhare.iri mari yedu.pay yo own mney.zipra n zanla must appoint Dabengwa as vp now until congress whr all presidiums must be ellected openly.

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