Editorial Comment: War vets must stop majoring in minors when Zim is burning

IT is sad that at a time when the country is going through multi-faceted socio-economic challenges, a group of people calling themselves war veterans – under the leadership of one Victor Matemadanda – would rather be pre-occupied with having the age of those that qualify for the presidency increased from 40 to 52.

Editorial Comment

Let us take this opportunity to remind Matemadanda that when most people that are currently in government today first took leadership positions, they were in most cases way younger than 40 years.

It is a misnomer to say grey-haired men and women are competent leaders.

In fact, our situation in Zimbabwe right now is proof that one can have as many grey hairs as possible, but that neither translates to wisdom or good leadership.

If that was the case, Zimbabwe would have been several notches higher in terms of development and progress than is the case right now.

Truth be told, these war veterans are just trying to find ways of diluting the MDC leader Nelson Chamisa’s threat during the 2023 presidential polls.

This is primitive politics. All over the world, a person at 40 is considered adult enough to run a nation. Why should it be different for Zimbabwe, if not based on parochial and selfish interests?

We believe the war veterans should actually be at the forefront in speaking truth to power as the very ideals that drove them into the battlefield during the liberation struggle are being butchered left, right and centre by their own compatriots whom they want to rule even when their heads have turned ashen.

The manner in which Zimbabwe has been driven to the very brink of collapse by grey-haired men and women should actually be something of concern to them. We cannot be majoring on minors when the nation is burning.

War veterans should also note that one does not tamper with the Constitution for momentary gains.


A Constitution is a document for posterity and should not be used by a rag-tag group of people to seek relevance. That is totally unacceptable and should not be allowed to happen. There are more serious problems that need to be tackled.

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8 Comments

  1. Aiwa AIWA Mr editor, iyi ndiyo major manje. Vana vadiki ngavatange vapedza kudya ma jiggies vozouya kudare kune vakuru kana vabve zera. Hunhu hwaChamisa is a national disgrace. Pwere ndiyo inoti ikagumbuka inokanda kanda ma toys ayo same nekudira chikafu majecha. Majoring in majors kuti vanhu ngatibatirei pamwe chete kwete kuti vamwe vano mhanya America kuno kumbira ma sanctions kuti vanhu vaone moto so that Chamisa can go to state house NO!!!!! Imi ve Newsday ndimi munopembedza n’anga neinobata mai as if the sanctions are not hurting u and your gogos kumusha

    1. Can we trace the records of these guys who could not utilise their $50.000 gratuity the best way and are seeking relevance through back door issues and you remember Kasukuwere saying some of these guys were TAXI DRIVERS and Drunkads in Zambia during the war I can dispute this stmt with the reasoning capacity of these guys is very low

  2. The editor true indeed, how can someone needs the Constitution to be amended today this truly shows some people would want to do this, pursue their personal gains

  3. THERE ARE ONLY A HANDFUL OF WAR VETS IN ZIMBABWE CAUSE THE REAL ONES PERISHED DURING THE WAR.WHAT WE HAVE ARE SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE ( MERCENARIES ) WHO ARE TRYING TO REMAIN RELEVANT BY UTTERING WHAT THEIR SPONSORS WOULD NOT WANT TO BE HEARD SAYING SUCH.INSTEAD OF WORRYING ABOUT ISSUES OF POVERTY THATS ENGULFING THEIR LOT AND MAJORITY THEIR ENGAGE IN FRIVOLOUS ACTIVITIES.THE TREND GLOBALLY IS IN FAVOUR OF YOUNG PRESIDENTS EVEN THE CORPORATE WORLD IS MOVING TOWARDS YOUNG LEADERS.AS FOR OPPOSITION LEADER THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WITH WHAT HE IS DOING,IT POLITICAL MARKETING,LOOK AT HOW MUCH PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT HIM,IS ALWAYS IN THE NEWS DESPITE NOT BEING IN PARLIAMENT.ED AND CO TALK ABOUT HIM MEANING HE IS STIL RELEVANT TO THE ZIMBABWEAN STORY.

  4. The current economic stalemate can hardly be solved under such misplaced perception.
    On the contrary, the war vets should admit liability for misleading subsequent regimes to remain politically afloat at the expense the defending the entire nation for which they purport to have fought for.

  5. Madhogodhogo Bikaz janana

    These so called war vets have now showed anyone who doubted their stupidity that they are worst section of people in our society in terms of value.They are valueless.How can grown up old men come up with such an ill advised idea of trying to destroy what is left for the country by making young and intelligent brains idle when it is a proven fact that the moment one’s hair turns grey in office,it is a sign that one should be now looking forward to retirement.These bastards want to go to their graves with the country.No one owes you anything,we are all Zimbabweans who should be granted equal opportunities.Some of us experienced the war even if we were young during the late days of the liberation struggle,but for you cowards,you were better off because you had guns to protect yourselves unlike us the povo.You are a bunch of lazy cowards who always try to invoke a sense of fear to civilians who experienced the war.You want to use power in place of wisdom.You are always desperate to clutch on anything whenever you.The young people are now sick and tired of being led by tired ,old and corrupt grannies whose leadership is totally devoid of any element of humanity.Even youths in zanu pf itself are tired of their Old People’s Home bound leaders.We cannot let the country held at ransom by a few brainless cowards.We have experienced lots of setbacks because of this section of our population for a long time,but as they say,a comeback is always greater than a setback.This time you would have put a final nail to your coffin.Good luck with your dreaming old and sick minded goons.

  6. Averycommentator

    With age comes senility.

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