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Mugabe never threatened to crush war vets: VP

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VICE-PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday stunned opposition legislators when he told Parliament that President Robert Mugabe never threatened to crush war veterans for meddling in the Zanu PF succession fights.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

President R.G.Mugabe
President R.G.Mugabe

Mnangagwa was responding to MDC-T Proportional Representation MP, Nomathemba Ndlovu, who had asked him to explain if it was government policy that whenever Mugabe and the ruling party are challenged over succession issues, they threaten to unleash violence.

“Last week, Mugabe, during a Zanu PF central committee meeting, made such utterances,” she said.

But, Mnangagwa flatly denied that Mugabe issued such threats, although the remarks were made in an open central committee meeting and were captured by journalists.

“I was in the central committee meeting and you were not there,” he said, referring to opposition legislators.

“I heard what was said by the President, but you were not there, and those are stories you read in newspapers.

There is no such thing.”

Opposition legislators interjected, saying Mugabe was live on national TV making the threats.

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mabel Chinomona later came to Mnangagwa’s rescue and quashed debate over the matter.

Later, Binga North MP, Prince Dubeko Sibanda (MDC-T) tried to smuggle back the issue of Mugabe’s slur on war veterans, asking War Veterans minister Tshinga Dube how he felt about Mugabe’s utterances.

Chinomona again intervened and ordered Dube not to respond to the question.

Mugabe last week said war veterans should stick to their role of lobbying for the welfare of the former fighters and stop trying to direct the party’s succession plan.

“We don’t want to see another rise of dissident activity. I say no to the war veterans’ association that does not know its mandate,” he thundered.

“It is not your function to talk of who should succeed the President or, worse still, threaten that unless what you want is fulfilled, there shall be bloodshed. Bloodshed? You want to shed blood again? That will not be allowed and steps will be taken against them.”

In an unrelated matter, Chitungwiza North MP, Godfrey Sithole (MDC-T) asked Industry and Commerce deputy minister Chiratidzo Mabuwa to explain if it was government policy for First Lady Grace Mugabe to grab goods confiscated by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and dish them out to Zanu PF supporters.

In response, Mabuwa said: “I am not aware of such a statement issued by my ministry to that effect and whether those are media reports, and if they are not supposed to be malicious.”

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19 COMMENTS

    • MUNANGAGWA IS LICKING AS MUCH AS HE CAN SO THAT HE IS IVEN THE OFFICE, THAT WILL BE SHORT LIVED EVEN IF IT HAPPENS, 2018 ALL OF YOU OUT OF GVT YOU HAVE DONE ENOUGH HARM AND DONT CARE ABOUT THE MAJORITY BUT YUR FAMILIES NXA!

  1. I feel sorry for the opposition and their reliance on non-stories ! Seriously noone believes ZANU and War Vets are at loggerheads

  2. how long shall we have our leaders lie with a straight face in the name of politics yet destroying the country. vp how can you lie like that. zimbabwe is dead because we have lying leaders starting from a man who continues to do so at 92years. surely. for how long.

  3. I think those who put their faith and trust in this man EM to lead them after Bob are now seeing, hopefully, his other side. The deficiencies – unstable decision making, dithering, back pedalling, and downright cowardice. I don’t think he is leadership material but then in my book, Zanu PF has no leaders…only rulers, cheats, back stabbers and connivers. A coterie of bandits.

  4. Maybe yu shuld hire ngwena to be mdc leader for a month,maybe he can say what yu want said.Why worry about other parties internal issues when yu have yo own party issues.yu asked him a question n he answered,for the party,zanu .be content wth the answer.

  5. It is just incredible that we are still just reading about all this bickering, when the country has been burning for decades.

    Where are all those big brave Zimbabweans? When are they going to get rid of these people who are destroying their lives?

  6. Guys the way VP responded is normal and was expected. There is no problem in what he said as VP. in all cases he has to be diplomatic and show maturity. Indeed we can not expect to hear amai Khupe attacking Tsvangison in public. Obviously she will choose to be diplomatic. This is politics mind you, politics by the mature politicians.

  7. Without interjecting into President Mugabe and the war veterans’ political warfare, redemption of Zimbabwe’s lost glory can only be attained through fresh leadership and new constitution devoid of unattainable (independence) memorandum baggages and sensitive to population explosion and economic challenges facing the nation.

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