Mugabe can’t divide Presidency: War vets

FORMER President Robert Mugabe’s (pictured) bid to use his divide and rule tactics on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration with the aim of causing instability in the new administration will not work, war veterans have warned.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda told NewsDay yesterday that the former fighters and ruling party were aware of Mugabe’s sinister plan.

“[Vice-President Retired Commander Defence Forces General Constantino] Chiwenga and Mnangagwa are not going to be divided by a 94-year-old power-hungry man who thinks he is the best thing to have happened to this country.

“Mugabe must understand that when Chiwenga declared Operation Restore Legacy, Mnangagwa was out of the country forced into exile by his goons who wanted to kill him,” Matemadanda said.

Mugabe was forced to resign in November last year after a military intervention that placed him under house arrest triggering an internal Zanu PF process that brought then exiled former Vice-President Mnangagwa to return and take power.

Matemadanda said Mugabe also intended to paint Chiwenga in bad light.

“Unfortunately, Mugabe wants to project an image of a Chiwenga who cannot think on his own, he wants to paint a picture of a General who was arm-twisted into action by someone sitting in a foreign land. That will not work.

“Mugabe has divided us for too long to his advantage and that will not be allowed ever again. Here is a man who got so drunk with power that he thought the loyalty that people accorded him was a sign of foolishness,” the war veterans chief said.

“People fought and killed each other in his name as he watched. He was happy because it allowed him to keep power. Now we have learnt our lesson, Mugabe was behind every factional fight that ever happened especially in Zanu PF and that allowed him to retain power for 37 years.”

Mugabe told friends and relatives who gathered at his private home to mark his 94th birthday at the weekend that Mnangagwa’s administration was “illegal.” He also passed unpalatable comments about the military.

But Matemadanda said the military currently has the most educated personnel per-capita compared to other institutions.

“I can tell you that the army currently has the highest number of medical doctors when compared even with the Ministry of Health. It is disheartening that Mugabe now claims the military is stuffed with uneducated people when he was commander-in-chief for 37 years.

“It reflects on the character of the man, selfish and divisive. He is basically admitting that he willingly abused the army for selfish reasons. Mugabe is telling the world that he willingly allowed the recruitment of uneducated people in order to make sure they would never question him,” he said.

22 Comments

  1. Hoo you are starting to see this now?

    1. Matemadanda, in english it is said ‘facts are stubborn’..
      It is a fact that ED and Chiwenga removed President Mugabe unconstitutionally in the November coup..
      It is a fact that President Mugabe is by far more popular with the majority of people especially in rural areas even to this very day..
      It is a fact that ED is unelectable and will always be..

      1. NOT SO FAST THIS IS FAR FROM THE TRUTH , AT ONE POINT ED WAS NOMINATED BY MOST OF THE PROVINCES TO LEAD ZANUPF. ZANUPF INE VANHU VAYO WHO BELIEVE IN THE PARTY ZANUPF, Elections are game of numbers , those who are loyal to mugabe are only the leaders of G40 thats why they could not do anything when things got tight in november 2017 so dont under estimate ED an MDC without a MATEBELELAND vote will definately lose. Watch this space.

      2. it is fiction that ED is unelectable and shall always be.
        it is a fact that even Mugabe never started off as a porpular leader. Certain people made him that popular. the same with ED. we shall see in the ballot box. People rarely vote for personalities but they vote for a sold party ideology. Even if you put a donkey under mdc some people just look for an open palm. same applies to Zanu Pf. they have party die hard supporters. Vanamai nanababa vekuti iwe semwana ukavavhiringa pazanu pavo mooburana. So ED is electable under zanu pf same chance as mujuru had under zanupf

  2. nehanda nyakasikana

    USABATA MASOJA SEZVITUTA

    1. WAZORI PUTA GLUE RAKAWANDISA IWE MATEMADANDA, HOW CAN YOU SAY MILITARY HAS MORE DOCTORS THAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH, KKKKKKK
      USAKANGANWEKA KUTI PRESIDENT MUGABE VANE GRASSROOTS SUPPORT YAKAKURISA

      1. CHETE NDIZVO ZVAZVIRI MU POLITICS PEOPLE END UP THINKING THEY ARE MORE POPULAR THAN THE PARTY , MUGABE WAS POPULAR BECOZ OF THE PARTY , WHEN THE PARTY REJECTED HIM NDIANI WAMAKAONA ICHIMIRA NA MUGABE NDIANI AKAMBOROTA KUTI CHIPANGA CHAIYE CHAIYE WILL EVER DENOUNCE MUGABE ASI NDIYE AITODYISWA PAKURU NA MUGABE KO KUZOTI MA ORDINARY PARTY MEMBERS??? VAKATOFARA KUTI VABVISIRWA MUSENGWA. PANE VANORWADZIWA CHAIZVO KUTI DICTATOR RAKABVISWA ASI VASHOMA SHOMA ZVEKUTI CHERO VAKAVHOTERA OPPOSITION HAPANA CHAZVINO CHINJA. DENO MUGABE AIVE NE MA DIE HARD SUPPORTERS PAIFANIRWA KUWANA VASHOMA VAIZVIPIRA CHERO KUFA MUNA NOVEMBER PACHAKA CHAYA EVEN MA MPS AINZI NDEVE G40 VESE VAIVA KU PARLIAMENT VACHIDA KUITA IMPEACH GUSHUNGO. HAPANA HAPANA POLITICS NDO ZVADZIRI MASS INOKUDA KANA UCHIITA ZVAINODA. ZANUPF YAKABVISA MUMWE MUTONGI IKAISA MUMWE MUTONGI PACHENA ZVIKATOROVA. ZANUPF I HOMWE INOKWANA MUNHU WESE HAIKWANE MUHOMWE ME MUNHU , UKADA KUKURA ZVEKUIISA MUHOMWE MAKO INOKUPISA IGOKUPISA KUSVIKA WAIBURITSA , NDIZVO ZVAKAITWA MUGABE.

  3. Mugabe should sit down and enjoy is pension in peace not engage in active politics @94.

  4. That devisive, selfish, power hungry and corrupt old man must just Shut the hell Up. He let Ministers engage in corrupt activities as ways to ensure their unquestionable loyalty and also for him to benefit from that corruption. Dogs are busy chewing this country now because of him. Shame on him. He is lucky ED ane moyo murefu. He and his wife otherwise belong behind bars in Chikurubi.

  5. ED should start exposing this selfish former president, i see NO reason why they should continue to “nanzva” this guy.Dear ED there is no political capital to be gained from respecting mugabe drop it! zimbabweans want to see him suffer. Dont give him first preference on his pension payments , if other pensioners are receiving their pension musi wa 40 then he should also get it on that day,how much did he left in the coffers?. The masses have shown that they NO longer want him to be their leader. The cry of a bitter SELFISH old man who only think of himself. He got outwitted by LACOSTE so what. The fact that the army did a coup on him & then managed to convince the entire world that no coup took place is a confirmation that our military is educated.

  6. The opposition in Zimbabwe will continue to be clobbered by zanu pf as long as they continue to believe that the rural folk are uneducated. underestimate the rural vote and you will continue to be hammered practically and win virtually with your diaspora colleagues perpetually!

  7. Ko inhema here kuti current administration ya Mnangagwa is illegal and illegitimate !!
    Ko imi ma war vets why do you want to sanitize the military coup yamakaita kubvisa President Mugabe pachigaro !!

    1. ILLEGAL , ILLEGITIMATE , BLA BLA, BWE-BWE WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE MUGABE IS NO LONGER THE PRESIDENT OF ZIM & ED IS THE CURRENT PRESIDENT , VIVA PRESIDANTO . HAMENO VACHIRI KUCHEMA MUGABE ISU TIRIKUFARA. WE ARE HAPPY THAT WE ARE NOW FREE FROM THE NOISE OF A LUNATIC FIRST LADY & HER G40 MILITIA.

    2. Haa mdara kana dai kuri kunzi mdara Mugabe afe sa Gaddafi i wldnt mind, as long nyika ichienda fwd,
      Ma War vets ano sanitizer coup cz hawachamudewo mdara, seems lyk Zim yese iri hep, ma civil servants awa ku protestera pay, tts positive, under Bob yaingodzika ma leave allowance achinyimwa wanhu,
      wt gud ws he doin sakani

  8. Haiwawo kunyangwe zvodini Mugabe haudzoke kuzotonga Zimbabwe yedu. NEVER AGAIN NEVER.

  9. Mugabe has been doctoring election results since losing the constitutional referendum of 2000. He ran a bloody re-run of the 2008 presidential elections after being thoroughly beaten by Tsvangirai. He even stole the leadership of ZANU from Ndabaningi Sithole and was main actor in the killings of Chitepfo, Rex Nhongo, Tongogara, Zvobgo, Ushewokunzes and many other ZANU cadres taken down through fake accidents and poisoning; many innocent gukurahundi and murambatsvina persons as well as countless opposition party activists. In terms of time spans and crimes and killings presided over, E D is a real saint.
    The rural support for Bob that David and others speak about is more of an invention and imagination. In 2008 MDCT won most of the rural seats in Mat north and south provinces, Masvingo and Manicaland and even got a number of rural seats in Mash West, Mash Central and Mash East. So, it is not a given that rural voters like Mugabe and not E D or some other politician.
    After the 2018 elections these G40 guys will have absolutely nothing to say and they will be talking about rigged polls alongside their other eternal loser crybabies who have begun to question the fairness, credibility and freeness of an election that has not yet taken place.

  10. Rest In Peace Mudhara

    ED has been quite popular in ZANU PF. In 2004, most provinces endorsed him for vice presidency but his mentor cum tormentor, Mugabe dealt him a rotten deal by elevating Mujuru. Even the DCCs had to be dissolved as Mugabe sought to trim ED’s political wings. Very recently, ED was massively popular in he revolutionary party before his enemies sought to assassinate him. His offices were broken into countless times with no single arrest ever being made. Political greenhorns such as the heartless Moyo and the Graceless Fist Lady mauled ED day and night and yet he remained loyal to Bob. Even now, ED is protecting Mugabe and his family. Mugabe certainly has got many cases to answer: Gukurahundi, assassinations of Tongogara, Solomon Mujuru and others, the personalizations of security agents, condonment of corruption perpetrated by his acolytes, rigorous rigging of elections and massive human rights abuses throughout his reign. He is no saint. If he continues on his vituperation, I predict that he may soon join his ancestors and be quiet for ever.

  11. mandebele Lusaba

    Comment…what r u responding to u fool?

  12. mandebele Lusaba

    Comment…people who always talk of mugabe make me sickest. he will never never again rule Zimbabwe

  13. Chigandanga Papurazi

    Ko pane akambovabunzawo here kuti vanoda kudzoka here? Tinovadzosa zvedu asi ngavataure kuti vonoda kuisa giresi here. Kana zvirizvo, ndozvatakati ngavachingoongora kumashure kwake iye gire vachingomuisa zvavo ikoko kumba uko. Kuno anotoiswawo navamwe sezvo muchingoziva kuti kungozviisa wega hazviite. Isu hatiregi kuvaisa pachigaro ipapo kana vachida zvavo kuiswa.

  14. Veduwe! Zvakaoma mufunge. Dai ndirini zvangu Mugabe ndakugara zvangu kumba ndichiLeader a quiet life and healing my family from the trauma of falling from grace from Heros to Zeros. Asi chii nhai? Isusu as Zimbabweans both rural and Urban we rejoiced when he was removed from power. Yes!!!! Munhu wese was now sick and tired of him and his vulgar lunatic wife! There was no other way yaaibva nayo besides iyoyo yekushandisa military force! Handiti elections are coming? Let the people decide what they want.. Everyone izvozvi knows what they want. Declaring over and over again kuti Mnangagwa is an illegal President Heeeee I was removed by force Heeeee Coup Heeeeee Rubbish! It will not work! Noone ever wants to experience Mugabe’s rule ever again! Never!

  15. @ Chigandanga pa Purazi and Ma Moyo…I have to salute both of you for this much SOBERING truth..many thanks indeed. I hope the ex President will take what you say here to heart and leave the new president to get on with the job of correcting the mistakes he made during the time he was in office…Particularly the last 20 years !!

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