War veterans have been the last to ditch President Robert Mugabe and now he is furious. Having been fooled for so long by the dictator that he was one of their own, they have now realised the sad truth that he was using them all along to stay in power.
By Zanda Shumba,Our Reader
He used to calm them using financial inducements and that bled the economy. Now there is hardly any money in the economy to appease them or bribe them, they are now at odds with him and they can’t be quietened.
When people were enduring hardship at Mugabe’s hands, war veterans were singing praises because they were being paid.
When they were eating carrots, they spoke as if they went to war only for Mugabe to rule and as if it was a crime to challenge him. Because of this attitude, everyone in Zanu PF, I mean everyone, is afraid to openly declare their political ambitions, or even challenge him to step aside or resign.
Now they are seeing the light, they now struggle alongside the people they fought to liberate.
Only masqueraders remain in the war vets camp, buoying his bid to continue, but sadly, now there is no more candy.
It is not possible for Mugabe to have his cake and still eat it, as he shot himself in the foot.
I repeat: Only open politics and inclusiveness will see economy recovery and success.
The restrictive politics were only tailored for Mugabe’s bid to prevent challenges so as to attain life presidency.
But it is indeed detrimental to the proper functioning of the State as far as accountability in every aspect is concerned. Mugabe is trying to lead them along parallel paths, but sages say, learn not to repeat other people’s mistakes.
So indeed, people will continue to protest, and indeed it is well within the confines of their constitutional right to do so, and Mugabe really has to be stopped.