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Mugabe clueless, desperate – war vets

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ZIMBABWE Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWA) has dismissed President Robert Mugabe’s meeting with former collaborators, describing it as a desperate attempt by a “caged leader” to solicit support ahead of the 2018 general elections.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Mugabe, at the weekend, met with the war veterans, war collaborators, ex-detainees and ex-restrictees, among other stakeholders, following months of a tumultuous relationship with the former combatants.

The meeting was viewed as an attempt to close ranks with his often-trusted pillar of support after the war veterans threatened to sever ties with the veteran leader, ordering him to dump G40, a Zanu PF faction said to be opposed to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ascendency in the fluid succession race.

But ZNLWA chairperson, Christopher Mutsvangwa, who was attacked by Mugabe during the meeting, said this reflected how “clueless” Mugabe has been.

“Clueless, all for nothing and all too late,” he told NewsDay yesterday.

Mutsvangwa said Mugabe failed to address any of the issues raised during the meeting.

ZNLWA spokesperson, Douglas Mahiya weighed in, saying war collaborators should be wary of being used by a desperate Zanu PF regime.

“They should ask themselves why they are being remembered now after 36 years, what has happened that Mugabe now wants to meet them and discuss what concerns them, that’s a question any reasonable person should ask,” he said.

In the meeting, which later turned into a platform for endorsing Mugabe’s presidential candidacy in 2018 and a demand for gratuities, Mugabe ducked nearly all the concerns raised by the war collaborators.

The war collaborators told Mugabe that they were unhappy with the neglect they had suffered at the hands of the government and selective application of the law.

Jabulani Mbeti, speaking on behalf of the thematic committee on statutory benefits, demanded that Mugabe’s government pays them gratuities, just as it had war veterans.

“Only war veterans received gratuities, yet the Constitution provides that we are entitled to the gratuities,” he said.

Mbeti said his committee wanted Mugabe to put them on medical aid cover and establish a medical centre, which would treat them and their children.

Political analyst, Eldred Masunungure agreed with the ZNLWVA, saying Mugabe was under siege and had turned to the war collaborators in a bid to build an electoral alliance ahead of the 2018 elections.

“Mugabe’s intention was to construct a broad electoral alliance, especially in light of the fact that the war veterans are no longer a reliable pillar. He is clearly under siege and now turning to other elements with liberation war credentials to influence the electorate,” he said.

Masunungure said Mugabe had dodged attacks on his political commissar and the other Young Turks in the party because he still needed their support in the next election.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. These hopeless idiots put ALL their faith in an individual who can drop dead any second, instead of working for an institutional platform to address their needs outside a political party? Pathetic!

  2. Only yesterday Chris and company said they have no problem with bob. flip flop flip flop. What is your real position. Are u differing with zanu on principle or personal grounds. Your heart seems to be with zanu which has destroyed the country in the last 36 years.

  3. Saka imi ma war vets hamugoni here kuvotera Save kuti mugare zvakanaka. Inga zviri pachena wani kuti save ndivo vakambokunyaradzai.Don’t waste time ne Munyasaland uyu haasi wemuno

  4. These war vets are just like Temba Mliswa, its so difficult to know what they really stand for, always changing everyday

  5. These so called ex restrictees and ex detainees are all but a very idiotic bunch of fools who think they can salvage something from the broke government of zanu pf.They also want to be given their own clinic which treat them and their families?What kind of dream is that if i may ask you Mbete?What makes you think that you are better than everyone else?You want to capitalise on the political chaos bedeviling your party so that your dear leader will give in to your demands and in return you promise him your total support and victory in the 2018 elections?The so called war vets did it in 1997 and it brought down the economy and it has affected everyone except the thieving zanu pf leaders and their families.Demand jobs for your children instead of resorting to this mercinary style of survival.Work for you own families like everyone else and demand the rule of law to be applied in full so that all state looters are brought to book.Instead of demanding from your dear leader to arrest all corrupt government ministers you also want to be part of the rot.It is criminal to get money from the government through this means.

  6. You fools. Work with us to create a country which works for everybody.Now Rob and The Muggers have nothing to give you. Start by voting out this band. You will be surprised at the result.

  7. pamberi chete , hapasvikike sei tongoramba tichinzi pamberi pamberi, izvozvi zvava knzi 1 is to1 USD nebond kpamba nekparadza ndokwamnogona, kuba manyanya. Imi mawar vet nanhasi mri kngotambura sesu wani vamwe vachiba 36 years mchingonyengedzwa nezviviti sepwere mchrara mututsaka vamwe vachirara mumazimba ano hokoyo nzara iyo nenhamo. Wakaisa usd kubank uchapiwa rava bond risina basa.

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