Mugabe, war vets fight escalates

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War veterans sing revolutionary songs during their meeting in Harare last Thursday

TOP officials in the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) have scoffed at government threats to silence and stop them from demanding President Robert Mugabe to step down, saying no amount of intimidation would cow them into submission.

BY OBEY MANAYITI/TATENDA CHITAGU

War veterans sing revolutionary songs during their meeting in Harare last Thursday
War veterans sing revolutionary songs during their meeting in Harare last Thursday

War veterans’ leaders who declined to be named told NewsDay yesterday that Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zanu PF national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere had no locus standi to dictate what they should or should not say as their “welfare as stockholders of the ruling party was at stake”.

Mnangagwa, who all along was the war veterans’ Trojan Horse for the 2018 polls, yesterday said it was “highly irresponsible and disloyal” for the former fighters to challenge Mugabe to step down.

Kasukuwere weighed in saying: “That is unacceptable and we will have to flush out these elements. We will not allow this kind of indiscipline to take root in the party. We must allow the President to do his work. He was voted for to run the country and genuine war veterans know that.”

Secretary for War Veterans Walter Asher Tapfumaneyi also threatened to institute a witch-hunt to sniff out the brains behind the former freedom fighters’ damning Thursday communiqué which described Mugabe as a “dictator”.

The latest verbal showdown followed a ZNLWVA meeting held in Harare on Thursday where the ex-fighters denounced Mugabe for failing to address their welfare issues, failing economy, corruption and widespread poverty. The veterans of the country’s 1970s liberation war declared they would not campaign for Mugabe in the 2018 presidential race.

“It’s clear there are people who want to silence us from discussing about our welfare and relationship to the party (Zanu PF),” a senior ZNLWVA executive said. “On Thursday, we had gathered to talk about our welfare and the comrades raised a lot of issues such as neglect by the party and government. Those are genuine issues that have not been responded to and it’s sad that we are being attacked by people who don’t want us to speak openly.”

The official added: “We have been silent for a long time and yet we are denied opportunities in our own country that we liberated. We cannot listen to a person like Kasukuwere who doesn’t know poverty at all. We speak on behalf of masses and again it’s sad that the majority of us cannot afford a proper meal because of poverty.”

The war veterans, after their Thursday meeting, released a strongly-worded communiqué where they described Mugabe as a sly character and dictator responsible for the current wave of corruption and economic meltdown, among a litany of other misdemeanours. They also accused Mugabe, who is their patron, of backing a Zanu PF G40 faction fronted by his wife First Lady Grace. The call for Mugabe to step down has rattled Zanu PF with reports that State security machinery has already been dispatched to clamp down on war veterans suspected of producing the damning communiqué, but the latter has scoffed at the threats.

“We cannot be identified as aliens in Zanu PF or to be told that we are useless, no that will not happen. Of course, they might choose to silence us through arrests or death but it’s only the flesh that will die. Our children will continue speaking and our issues will not go just like that,” the official said.

Already, Zanu PF youths in Chiredzi have threatened to unleash violence on war veterans’ national political commissar, Francis Nhando and repossess his sugarcane plot in the Lowveld, describing him as a “dissident”.

Addressing a Zanu PF meeting in Triangle on Saturday, provincial youth chair, Nobert Ndaarombe declared a bare-knuckle fight with war veterans pushing for Mugabe’s ouster.

“We will not fold our hands and keep quiet if you insult the President. You have crossed the red line. It is now a bare knuckle fight. We will not back down,” he said.

Another youth leader identified as Lloyd Simango, said: “Everyone who goes against the President, we immediately, repossess what he has gained because of Zanu PF. Tomorrow we are going to invade his (Nhando’s) farm.”

Masvingo provincial chairperson Amasa Nenjana threatened unspecified disciplinary action against “errant war veterans”.

“It is not easy to fight Mugabe. They will all be quiet together with (war veterans chairman Christopher) Mutsvangwa, (secretary-general Victor) Matemadanda and others,” Nenjana said.

Provincial political commissar, Jeppy Jaboon incited youths to “deal with Nhando”, saying “as Masvingo, we no longer want to see him in the province”.

Mutsvangwa has already lost his Cabinet, Zanu PF and parliamentary posts over his alleged defiance, but war veterans have vowed to retain him as their leader. The latest purge on war veterans came as former Vice-President Joice Mujuru on Saturday threw her weight behind them and urged the ex-fighters to join forces in the campaign to dislodge Mugabe.

31 COMMENTS

  1. This type of behaviour is not new at all,it should be remembered that in the second national general elections of 1985,Zanu pf youths unleashed a campaign of terror against those perceived to had voted for Zapu. Scores of people lost properties trough looting,as if this wasn’t enough, a Zapu candidate was brutal murdered in Dzivarasekwa.Those responsible were never made accountable and police were restrained from doing their constitutional duty of bring those responsible to justice by the Zanu pf gurus.These are no empty threats at all,Zanu pf gurus continue to corrupt the vulnerable youths with the doctrine of hatred and murder, while their children lead luxurious lives in foreign capitals.This is the state of affairs in Zimbabwe.The moment one expresses an opinion different from Zanu pf loses state protection and becomes a legitimate target for unrestrained violent repression.

    • The murder of Simon Chauruka in Dzivaresekwa in 1985 marked the real beginning of gross intolerance by the ZANU youth…I say let them enoy their fun while it lasts one day in the old age they will be forced to answer some questions..Simon Chauruka who left a young family is only ONE of many who are counting the days when justice on these murderers will be served..And dont they say revenge is a dish best served cold?

    • You know what in DZ each election brings a new breed of zanupf violent youthies and somehow they don’t last to the next election. Kune zvigure zvisingangorohwa uko.

  2. Once a guerrilla always a guerrilla!! Why hide your names?? Come out in the open and attack if you’re man enough!!

  3. Biased reporting. A handful of people are now generalized as war vets at large with some who were present on that meeting showing ignorance of the said document. What about the meeting held in manicaland were the war vets there condemned mutsvangwa inside out. Musazvifadze nenhema because you will be disappointed.

    • do not say a paper is biased because it reported what you don’t want to hear, we saw abt that manicaland meeting on zbc and waiting for other news from different sources

  4. How the govt allows (lawless) party youths to intimidate and oppress people airing different opinions from their’s in a (purported) democracy beats my understanding. I’d only advise these youths to evaluate both sides of the coin and foresee their future lifestyles when Mugabe and Zanu PF will be a thing of the past and sobriety reigns bringing all those responsible to accountability. I can attest through experience that their future will be doomed.

  5. The real from actors are not dead but we are being subjected to information from Third parties. These are poor stories . Where is Douglas, Victor and Chris as these are the main players of the script.

  6. Anyone who expects “thinking” to be a process that occurs in “Zanu PF youths” is dreaming. Its not a prerequisite. One of the morons clearly wants the hired crowd to go around the country…and pay their way ha ha ha. We will see how this pans out logistically.

    Protests for poverty can never be masked by protests by hired idiots, its unsustainable….the protests will become random all around the country so the bussing strategy will buckle at some point.

  7. Did the war vets go to war to be owned by Robert? If not why is withdrawal of support for him crimanal? In which section of the constitution does it say that war vets shd support robert or zanu pf for that matter? I never knew that this man with SEVEN degrees is this shallow minded. So too is this lawyer who aspires to be president. Did he go to war to be a bootlicker of Bob. He must his own man if he wants our respect. Very well done to war vets for finally seeing the light. Yes you dont need to follow blindly

  8. In our area u dare not kill anyone it ended with Gukuraundi In the last brutal election A zanu leader made an MDC leader dissapear but eventually dead His sons came from SA to bury him The grave yard speech was. Our father was killed becoz of his different opinion .The ZANU leaders children we are together in SA We will see.Within three months 3 young men from theZanu leader were buried from mysterious death Youth be warned.

  9. Gegegeegeegegegeeeeeeee kuseka mandinakidza zvangu ini zvatosvorana gonzo nachin’ai gorerino todzinzwirira nyaya dze zanu poor forever kkkk ndozvinoita kana mukadzi nemurume worambana mukadzi anogona kuenda pamharadzano dzenzira kana kuenda pakakwirira otanga kupopota heeee vaisambondigutsa heeee urirombe heeeee wotoshaya kuziva kuti zvirikufamba sei

  10. Why hiding your identity?You are cowards mukunyebera kushinga zvenhema.Nyatsobudai pachena tizive kuti you are with the povo in this movement to freedom.Inga munotoziva kuti kuna Pastor Evan Mawarire varikurwira kodzero dzedu vanhu.Ko imi ndimi anani?mukutyei?budai pamakahwanda tizive tiri tose.hamuna kumbosiyana naBob imi murikuda kutitapa mukanwa.manje mabatwa. I vividly remember the killing of Chauruka in 1985 although I was just 7 years old.So dont even think what you did back then and more in 2008 our children have not seen it.You will be brought to book chete,mark my words

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  11. These youths are now crazy because of poverty, the same war vets are our parents so how can we fight our parents becoz of a 92 year of leader i mean…. lets just be real

  12. I appreciated this person called war veteran up April 1980 only. After that he became the most hideous, ugly, revolting, repugnant, gruesome, dreadful and sadistic individual, all for the sake of Bobo. Now after this divorce he has become even more irrelevant to the current efforts by the citizen. We the people have moved on. Let their house burn. It wanst remaining standing anyway with all these shenanigans.

  13. Certain hurtful memories of the past are still vivid in our minds like they happened yesterday. All people want is JUSTICE. This will not be so with ZANU PF rulling for they are the chief culprits. A friend of mine said I wish I would live to see the current thieves and murderers in ZANU PF being brought to book and striped of all that they have most of which they stole.

  14. Wimbo akati murume anonzi Mnangagwa anoda kubatsirwa. Dhakisi zvaro rakarara hope. Maybe war veterans should pick someone who has balls of steel, maybe Mai Mujuru. Jonathan akaonawo kuti Mnangagwa haisi ngwena asi idzvinyu.

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