Kasukuwere reaches out to war vets

Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere

EMBATTLED Zanu PF national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere has reached out to war veterans, saying he was willing to engage them following the nasty fallout where the freedom fighters were now pushing for his ouster from the ruling party.



The latest developments followed claims by war veterans that efforts to mend the rifts were being frustrated by Kasukuwere.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) spokesperson Douglas Mahiya told NewsDay early this week that they always wanted to engage Kasukuwere, but their efforts were hitting a brickwall.

“Our gateway to the party is the political commissar (Kasukuwere), but unfortunately he has not been accommodative of war veterans. He does not think war veterans are part of Zanu PF. War veterans welcomed Kudzai Chipanga’s statements at the million-man march and thought it created a good platform for dialogue and finding each other,” Mahiya said.

“We have tried to approach the commissar, but our efforts have come to naught. We are, however, still seeking other avenues and we do not want to make announcements in the Press about it. When the time comes you will know.”

But Kasukuwere yesterday said: “Let us be honest with each other, I would never refuse to meet anyone. My primary responsibility as political commissar is to try and grow the party and that only happens if we are united and focused. I would never run away or refuse anyone an audience.

“Even if (MDC-T leader Morgan) Tsvangirai were to come and seek a renewal of his membership, I would listen to him. If the war veterans want to meet, my door is open.”

The former freedom fighters have raised a red flag on Kasukuwere’s conduct as the person in charge of the ruling party’s structures. Following the war veterans’ meeting with President Robert Mugabe in April, they resolved to demand that Kasukuwere be replaced with someone “with liberation war credentials”.

The ZNLWVA also passed a no-confidence vote on Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko Mphoko.

Kasukuwere has also reportedly made unpalatable comments about war veterans at one time describing them as “taxi drivers and drunkards”.

Mahiya accused Mphoko of failing to understand war veterans’ concerns despite claiming to have been part of the liberation struggle.

“We do not understand Mphoko because if he was really part of the struggle, he would understand where we are coming from, he would identify with our sentiments,” Mahiya said.

Mphoko recently caused a storm when he accused war veterans of committing “treason” after they declared Mnangagwa as their preferred candidate to take over from Mugabe.


  1. The war -veterans are creating problems by siding with one of the factions that declares Mnangagwa as the only person to succeed Mugabe. Kasukuwere is said to be pro the so called G40. I think this is where the problem lies. If the constitution says leaders are chosen at congress and ‘people’ claimed to have ‘chosen’ Mugabe why are they now calling for his replacement before 2019? The same people who amended the constitution to suit their agenda when they kicked out Mujuru are the ones who want to ignore their amendments in the document. What was agreed in Mozambique is no longer relevant because of the Unity Accord of December 1987.

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    The war vets had to go all out causing mayhem to the electorate that’s why they always claim a bigger piece of the cake.

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  4. Mphoko didn’t accuse war veterans of treason but cautioned that the war veterans’ statements bordered around treason. Ther is a huge difference

  5. ma War veterans makawonekwa..game plan yenyu..kare..kare. Muri..Lacoste..saka..who is fooling who. Chikangamwai..The president will never embrace you again. You are now enemies. ..period

  6. Mawar veterans ariprogresive akaona kuti 2018 pakaipa pasina ngwena achikwikwidza. Mugabe hairovi mujuru na Tsvangirai kana Lacoste isingadi. They need Lacoste to win. Lacoste is the one yaita kuti zanu ivepo up to today. Ende yava nguva yekuripa ngwena nezvayakaita kuti zanu isvike pairi nhasi. Ngwena needs his post now without delay. Ngwena panyanga, Tsvangirai vice President tinowaramba ma usdollar awanda zvakare. No ngwena and Tsvangirai mupolitical equation no deal. Takazviona ende tinozviziva kuti no mdc t no way forward so ngwena on next election ita kuve ne hang Parliament moita inclusive imwe ndiyo way forward to avoid war and to have a peaceful transition. Winner take all maiona kuipa kwayo ende madzidza I guess.

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