Minister tells off Mphoko

WAR Veterans minister Tshinga Dube has scoffed at calls by Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko for him to dump the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association led by his predecessor and Zanu PF outcast Christopher Mutsvangwa.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA/NQOBANI NDLOVU

Tshinga Dube
Tshinga Dube

Mphoko reportedly told a Zanu PF inter-district meeting in Bulawayo at the weekend that Dube would “fall” because of his association with Mutsvangwa and ZNLWVA secretary-general Victor Matemadanda.

“Cde Tshinga you are right, but do not include Matemadanda and Mutsvangwa in your issues. If you lean on those two, you will fall for sure,” Mphoko reportedly said.

But Dube would have none of it.

“I do not lean on anyone. I do not lean on Mutsvangwa and Matemadanda. I just follow rules,” he said in an interview yesterday.

Mphoko also reportedly demanded that Dube recognises and work with a faction of the former fighters fronted by Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene and George Mlala.

In reply, Dube said he would only work with “legitimate groups”.

“The ZNLWVA led by Mutsvangwa is the legitimate association and we will continue to work with them. It is not about Mutsvangwa as an individual. If Mlala can go back to the others we will work with him. If he forces a congress and is elected to lead the ZNLWVA even if someone else is elected we will work with them,” Dube said.

“If they want to form their own association, we will recognise them as well. The High Court ruled that we should recognise the leadership that is in place and that is what we are doing.”

Mphoko is reportedly a leading figure in a faction of Zanu PF known as G40, which is allegedly pushing for First Lady Grace Mugabe to succeed President Robert Mugabe. The group which is reported to be bitterly opposed to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s bid to take over the reins is now rooting for Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi instead.

Grace, two weeks ago, torched a storm after she demanded that her husband, who is battling with old age and a litany of ailments, anoints a successor.

Mutsvangwa was acerbic in his response to Mphoko.

“Mphoko should behave like the VP of a law abiding country. He has a patchy war record that ended up with an AWOL to marital bliss in Maputo as his erstwhile comrades braved through the final heroic combat. Mphoko is (the) clandestine leader of Mthwakazi (and) believes in hazy hereditary accession to power and dynastic delusions. He has no reason to be in such a high post save for political caprice and chicanery,” he said.

“On the other hand, Dube is a revolutionary democrat, who seeks legitimacy from the popular vote. His credentials are impeccable all the way to independence in 1980 and beyond.”
Mlala yesterday pledged to close ranks with Dube following their recent nasty fallout.

“I have no problem working with the War Veterans minister. The only difference between me and him is that he is a minister and I am a member of the war veterans association,” Mlala said.

“Otherwise, we respect him and accept that he is a minister and as a member of the association it is prudent that we work together. I am prepared to work with Dube. If given an opportunity to sit and talk and iron out our differences, I am positive that we can find each other and work together for the good of the party. Our relationship is longer than what was happening now and it was unnecessary.”

33 Comments

  1. Muchuva Mutiusinazita

    I personally respect the minister’shigh level of diplomacy, he is not an opportunist but he really deserves all he has. thumbs up honorable, dont dump the suffering majority

  2. Timothy Thorton

    If only we had ministers like Dube, this country would be a marvel for all. Well done comrade Tshinga and what a lovely comment from Chris.

    Mphoko should behave like the VP of a law abiding country. He has a patchy war record that ended up with an AWOL to marital bliss in Maputo as his erstwhile comrades braved through the final heroic combat. Mphoko is (the) clandestine leader of Mthwakazi (and) believes in hazy hereditary accession to power and dynastic delusions. He has no reason to be in such a high post save for political caprice and chicanery,” he said.

  3. Mphoko should behave like the VP of a law abiding country. He has a patchy war record that ended up with an AWOL to marital bliss in Maputo as his erstwhile comrades braved through the final heroic combat. Mphoko is (the) clandestine leader of Mthwakazi (and) believes in hazy hereditary accession to power and dynastic delusions. He has no reason to be in such a high post save for political caprice and chicanery,” he said. This is also my comment

  4. I admire Mutsvanga’s rich vocabulary

  5. Taniko Watanabe

    Someone’s disregard and disrespect for the law is fast becoming legendary……. personally rubbishing the legal process to release criminal suspect colleagues of same religious grouping, discarding an official shelter to burden the overburdened fiscus with a luxurious one, ordering the release of suspects of political violence for factional ends and now ‘legitimizing’ a rebel faction of war veterans that has no iota of legality simply because they serve a factional purpose…….. I am simply commenting from the terraces ok!

  6. Jobert Ngwenya

    Mphoko should behave like the VP of a law abiding country. He has a patchy war record that ended up with an AWOL to marital bliss in Maputo as his erstwhile comrades braved through the final heroic combat. Mphoko is (the) clandestine leader of Mthwakazi (and) believes in hazy hereditary accession to power and dynastic delusions. He has no reason to be in such a high post save for political caprice and chicanery,” he said. This is also my comment

  7. Mphoko and Grace are behaving very very badly…… very badly indeed

  8. His tribal rants a couple of days ago are more than disappointing. Continuing from the chiweshe rally of last year, he talks about the karanga and the vhitori. Talk of political desperation and the desire to be relevant to one’s colleagues. It doesn’t get any worse than this.

  9. Dube shows mature leadership. War vets do not necessarily have to belong to Zanu PF or agree with the inept geriatric Mugabe.

  10. Dube you are indeed mature i would say DUBE FOR PRESIDENT 2018

  11. Wezhira wezhara

    Dube you have shown that you do not sing for your supper like Mboko iyo. For sure how can you sacrifice principles just to secure your post like what Mboko has been doing from the days of the Liberation struggle. Chris Mutsvangwa is the legitimate head of the ZNLWA while Matemadanda is the Secretary general. Being a Zanu PF supporter also, I see some reasoning in whatever the war veterans are saying about Mugabe. Well done Dube for siding with the majority and not G40 led by Mugabe himself.

  12. Dube is far more mature than Mphoko who storms police stations each time he act as President, as if he has seen Mugabe doing that. His ascendance also was flout with irregularities, coming from nowhere. He is a big mistake in the history of this country

  13. kkk, VP Mboko. Let him keep exposing his belly. Does he know what the law says? Its high time leaders learn to be frank and stop disregarding the voices of the people. Zimbabwe is for all Zimbabweans not the Mugabes and Mbokos.

  14. mboko i mboko chete.

  15. Kikiki Mboko iMboko

  16. viva mnangagwa! the vice president is busy doing what he is supposed to be doing yet mboko is busy scolding people. mboko is sheraton hotel whereas mnangagwa is command economy. and, the answer is mnangagwa 1 and mboko 0

  17. he is an evergreen political fiasco and atrocity of the legendary kind

  18. Commenting hangu from the terraces,ubenzi hwaMboko,Grace,Kasukuwere,Robert and Kudzi is going to cost our party ZANU PF dearly in next year elections.They are busy exposing our party,everything they do or say does not endear the party with people.Zvikaramba zvakadai myself and others are going to cross over and join opposition.

  19. Dube is the only reasonable figure in our party.He is not a bootliker like Kudzie.

  20. so unfortunate that dube is in zanu and could soon lose his seat since the byo people don’t want to see zanu at all. he should try to go for the election as an independent like what jonathan did. its not a joke. byo has always had had good leaders but most go nowhere because they are in zanu.

  21. Cde Dube should have just told Mr Mboko to voetsek.

  22. Danai Pazvagozha

    I agree Dube is a rare specie in Zanu and Zimbabwe. And yes unfortunately he will lose his Mpopoma seat to opposition. It is just his team that is bad. He is good. We hope the opposition will co-opt him into government if they win

    1. bhunjuru bhunjuria

      Tshinga represents Makokoba!

  23. its sad, thank you dube for putting a brave face you are a marvel mdhara

  24. Mambo Mtombeni

    Mphoko sold out Zapu before whats so special now He will Sell oout the War vets at all costs. Kashiri kane mariro kake

    1. ahh lawe mthombeni, uzama ukuthini

  25. John farai Kamunda

    Balls to Tshinga.

  26. Prosper Manyanda

    Absolute legend, star in the making

  27. Mutsvangwa you are off target. You are bringing in the Mthwakazi issue off context because you are appealing to the tribal sentiments of the Shonas. You are a dangerous bigot.

  28. Chieftainship in Mthwakazi is hereditary and there are no chiefs without the king. I do not know about other regions. If you recognise the chiefs of Mthwakazi then it follows you recognise their king. The position of king in Mthwakazi is hereditary. There is nothing wrong with that. If you recognize the cabinet ministers of Mugabe then you recognise Mugabe as President.

    1. In the mthwakazi heartland, aids and porters of white colonialists now have a chief in spite of the fact that these are the very people who worked hard with the colonisers to shatter the mthwakazi kingdom. They are called fingos or amafengu and they now somehow have a chieftainship in mat north. This means that our chieftainship history and criteria should be re-visited throughout the country to weed off implants who were purposefully set up to confuse our standing as a people.

  29. I am afraid the majority of us, in a desparate need to cheer some people finally standing up to bob , do not realise that this lot is more dangerous at this point in time.bob will be gone soon and his apparent choice cannot sustain leading zim. A transition to lacoste team on the other hand is a continuation of the status quo for another generation. It means continuation of entitlement mentality of war vets. Even children of war vets and grandchildren will continue to lay claim on the country. The first time war vets clashed with bob they said they were now with the people but they continue to meddle in zanu affairs. They desparately want lacoste to take over.

  30. DUBE WILL FALL>

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