War veterans corner Mugabe

The war between President Robert Mugabe and war veterans continues to escalate, with the former fighters demanding that the veteran leader severs ties with G40 if he ever to entertains any hope of working with them again.

By Richard Chidza/Nunurai Jena

War veterans’ chairperson, Christopher Mutsvangwa told NewsDay in an interview after a meeting of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) in Masvingo at the weekend that only after Mugabe ditches G40 would his group start working with him again.

“We seek and are quite eager to find common ground with HE (His Excellency) so long the indulgence by the party to egregious G40 antics are dispensed with. We want our old and usual Zanu PF he used to properly and fairly lead back again,” he said.

There is no love lost between Mugabe and the war veterans, with the former fighters announcing they had ditched the veteran leader as their patron.

For many years, the war veterans, now fighting in Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s corner in the Zanu PF succession race, have been the bedrock of Mugabe’s continued hold on power and their fresh demand is likely to put him in a corner, with reports that his wife, First Lady Grace Mugabe is linked to G40.

“We will not lend our precious political capital to those who will be corruptly imposed by the G40 and their cohorts. As revolutionaries, we detest electoral defeats,” Mutsvangwa said.

He called on Zanu PF to dispense “with the cry baby shenanigans of the unpatriotic, corrupt, thieving and plundering and dishonest G40 led by Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere”.

“We are naturally jealous of our impeccable credentials and we will not watch as it is soiled by G40, particularly when their hands stray into rapacious pillage of public funds,” Mutsvangwa said.

However, he said his outfit would continue to work with the military, Central Intelligence Organisation, Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimbabwe Prison Services.

He said their relationship with the security establishments was being destroyed by G40, “as they blithely and profess profane and fake loyalty to Mugabe”.

Douglas Mahiya, the ZNLWVA spokesperson, weighed in, saying their relationship with Mugabe was untenable, saying it would be difficult to work together due to their divergent views.

“If the current patron (Mugabe) reverts back to the person we knew and revered, then there is a chance he could be appointed ceremonial president (of the war veterans). If not, then tough luck, there is no way we can work with him,” he said.

Meanwhile, war veterans, who gathered in Chinhoyi yesterday, backed the expelled leadership of Mutsvangwa and called for the firing of some corrupt ministers, naming Moyo and Kasukuwere.

But secretary for war veterans in the Zanu PF politburo, Sydney Sekeramayi pleaded with the former guerrillas, saying they should wait for the law to take its course, much to their chagrin.

The former freedom fighters from Harare, Mashonaland West and Central provinces made their intentions clear from the start of the meeting, booing the War Veterans ministry permanent secretary, Walter Tapfumaneyi during introductions.

They took turns to blast Tapfumaneyi, accusing him of being corrupt and neglecting their welfare.

“We are sick and tired of being told that the government has no money when you read that the same senior government officials are stealing money. No, we have been lied to many times,” a war veteran identified as Parirenyatwa said.
The former combatants also threatened to withhold their support from Zanu PF in the 2018 elections, saying the party will lose if the stand-off continues.

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17 Comments

  1. Rambayi makadaro nokuti mava zvimbwanana zvasvinura manje. You were being used and this old man wants his wife to rule Zimbabwe. We will definitely give her the Hillary Clinton like present.

  2. tendai chaminuka

    VaMutsvangwa tovhura madictionary here nguva dzese dzomozuwa.We are just common people and we never climbed Mount Cicero

  3. tendai chaminuka

    VaMutsvangwa tovhura madictionary here nguva dzese dzomozuwa.We are just common people and we never climbed Mount Cicero

  4. You war veterans don’t cry foul. You are the ones who used to support this man and yet you chased the whites away from farms. So don’t blame anyone it is your fault. Utilize those farms for the betterment of this nation.

  5. Ma war vets ngaazive zvavanoda mhani. first they call Mugabe a dictator and they say they nolonger support him now they are saying he should dump G40 and they will get back in bed with him. So what they are simply saying is that they dont care if he is a dictator and has been oppressing their fellow citizens, what they seem to care about is the simple fact that he supports G40.

  6. Sheedzai Margret Dongo avaudze fut I chokwadi. These so called war vets are a bunch if Mugabe’s boot lickers. They feed on subservience!!

  7. Confusion and lack of direction are clearly showing now. Why did these guys tether themselves to Zanu PF? If they had a national outlook they would be getting everyone’s respect at this juncture but no, rather be tied up to a party that will lose even if they start campaigning for it right now.

  8. The so called war vets are a bunch of useless sick old men who have been plundering state resources for the last 36 yrs and the G40 refers to the general young and energetic povo who have been denied the country’s wealth by these mercenaries. If it means war then let it be. Even in the army the majority of useful serving members are G40, MUTSVANGAWA IS A KNOWN THIEF, who without tender supplied CAM vehicles to Defense forces in underhand deals with Martin RUSHWAYA and Chiwenga and Mnangagwa. THEY LOOTED MILLIONS OF US DOLLARS. Evidence is there. Jonathan Moyo gave Zimdef funds for community projects and not personal enrichment. All this is a smokescreen which has actually exposed the real thieves, Mnangagwa and team. Their vast wealth is difficult to hide, We the Povo we shall claim it back, it has happened in many African countries and Zimbabwe is no exception. Its only a matter of time!

  9. Chriss chirungu unotaura chero jonso anogara pasi. Kwikwidzazve mwana wa Sithole tione gore rino tichanakirwa

  10. Ana Mutsvangwa ma confused crockroaches ndazozviona …. ko munoziva zvamunoda here baba imi are you trying to proctect your loot … pama political parties ese ari muzimbabwe mabva mashaya imwe iri nane pane kuti moda Zanu PF… kana mashaya ibvai henyu masiyana ne politics dzacho taona dzinokukundai …. iyo party yaparadza nyika ikadai imi munongoti nangananga nayo mmmmmmmm hapana zvababa apa aaaaah munonyadza mhani.

  11. The whole lot of you are merciless thieves, whether you call yourself G40 or whoever, Zanu PF in its entirety is going down chete!!! We are sick of your very name

  12. These guys are nothing but opportunists.They should just do their things quietly.Who cares if they start working again with the old dictator? ?We don’t give a damn about your relationship with your dear leader.What exactly do you intend to work with a 92 year old dictator who is well past his sell by date besides getting your foul mouths back in the feeding trough?This goes to show that you are just a bunch of chancers who are actually blaming themselves for being kicked out of zanu pf when you still wanted another dance with the nonagenarian..So when he sever ties with G40 he ceases to be a dictator?Shame on you “whore” vets.

  13. These guys are nothing but opportunists.They should just do their things quietly.Who cares if they start working again with the old dictator? ?We don’t give a damn about your relationship with your dear leader.What exactly do you intend to work with a 92 year old dictator who is well past his sell by date besides getting your foul mouths back in the feeding trough?This goes to show that you are just a bunch of chancers who are actually blaming themselves for being kicked out of zanu pf when you still wanted another dance with the nonagenarian..So when he sever ties with G40 does he cease to be a dictator?Shame on you “whore” vets.

  14. MUTSVANGWA AND CREW ARE ALL IDIOTS IMAGINE ALL THE SUPPORT WE GAVE THEM KUMA COURTS BUT STILL VACHIRI KU ASSOCIATER NE ZANU PF , FOOLISH FOOLS.

  15. So-called war veterans, former criminals, mercenaries.

  16. War vets are fixed on the ball. they have not changed since the time they told Mugabe they do not want G40 and Grace in charge. That caused the break with Mugabe. They have not changed .The break will continue if Mugabe has G40 . Nothing has changed. Those people still have their same demand.

  17. I have an immense problem trying to comprehend the sanity of people who have stood in the way of national progress for ‘donkey years’ by holding the nation to ransom all because they went to war more than 30 years ago. Incomprehensible too is the sanity of people who will proffer a doddering 94 year old, who has presided over the collapse of a country for over a generation, as a presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2018 elections. It is pathetically pathetic that we have a group of insane people who continue to monopolise the running of the affairs of this beautiful country and peace-loving nation and in the process messing us all and taking us all into a very deep hole. GOD FORBID.

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