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War vets defy Mugabe

. . . refuse to dump Mutsvangwa

War veterans yesterday defiantly backed their embattled leader Christopher Mutsvangwa — a day after President Robert Mugabe publicly humiliated the minister for trying to lead a demonstration against his wife.


The former fighters were on Thursday tear-gassed by police in Harare as they tried to converge for the demonstration.

Some reportedly fainted after the police used teargas and water cannons to disperse them.

Mugabe, in a televised address, on Friday apologised to the former fighters but said Mutsvangwa was to blame for their battering by the police.

He said the minister organised an unsanctioned meeting and would be disciplined.

“We are all being abused, the president, his wife, in a manner that is very disgraceful. It’s a shame,” Mugabe charged, signalling that drastic action would be taken against Mutsvangwa.

But the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) said although it accepted Mugabe’s apology, it stood by Mutsvangwa.

ZNLWVA secretary general Victor Matemadanda told journalists in Harare that war veterans had their own structures that reported to Mutsvangwa, not Mugabe.

War veterans provincial chairpersons attended the press conference where support for Mutsvangwa was declared.

“He [Mutsvangwa] is not leading the president; he is leading us, and leading us very well,” Matemadanda said.

“Cde Mutsvangwa was not elected by the people who are here, but by the people around the country.

“As war veterans, he is our leader; he is leading us well, that is why we have provincial chairpersons here because they are in support of him.

“If other sectors do not want him, we will continue with him.”

Matemadanda, who together with ZNLWVA spokesperson Douglas Mahiya struggled to respond to questions raised by journalists, said Mutsvangwa was still their chairman.

Matemadanda said no one had the mandate to force Mutsvangwa out, in a pointed challenge to Mugabe, who is the ZNLWVA patron.

“The people who are here are not the ones who elected him. He was elected by the people in the first place,” he said.

“The comrades who chose him are saying he should continue, if we do that, the comrades are going to push us out and remain with Cde Mutsvangwa.”

Matemadanda added: “We are sitting on a mandate that we were given by the electorate and what we are saying is what the electorate is saying.”

He said they did not care how their statements would be interpreted.

“Don’t make news, take news and what I have given you is the news you should take,” he said.
“There are situations when people want to confuse the relationship between the president and war veterans; we want to smoothen the relationship.

“We cannot say more than we said. But if people want to read what they want from the words, we are not worried. We are in support of the president.”

Meanwhile, Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko dared “unruly” war veterans to leave Zanu PF and form their own political party.

Speaking at a Zanu PF rally in Marisamhuka, Mhondoro Mubayira on Friday, Mphoko said war veterans who demonstrated in Harare on Thursday were not genuine ex-freedom fighters.

“Those who talk bad about the president and First Lady are not Zanu PF.

“There is no war veteran who is under the command of the president who then turns against the president.

“Those who talk bad about the First Family are not genuine war veterans.

“If you want to form your political party go ahead. We know them.

“There are some who trained in the army in the early 1980’s and are now retired, they are not war vets.”

Mphoko appealed to Zanu PF commissar Saviour Kasukuwere to extend an olive branch to genuine war vets who strayed but were now apologetic, among them former serial Mugabe bootlicker, Webster Shamu.

“We have real war vets like Cde Shamu whom went to war with to liberate the country,” he said.

“We have his history and if someone comes and apologies and is prepared to follow the party, we have a lot of them, we want such comrades back into the party.

“Don’t turn them down because you fear to lose your posts to them.”

Shamu was made to stand up and chant a war cry song and he did not disappoint.

Despite being suspended for five years, Shamu had been attending most Zanu PF rallies and meetings.

But he is often booed for his association with the then Zanu PF gamattox faction led by former vice-President Joice Mujuru.

Shamu’s greatest weapons have silence, compliance and resilience.

20 Responses to War vets defy Mugabe

  1. Togi February 21, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    Good riddance. Genuine war vets are dead. we are left with cowards or former refugees, or criminals who joined the struggle to run away from being prosecuted. Thanks Mboko for that revelation. All war vets pensions should be rescinded. Their children should nolonger obtain scholarships, and all their ill-gotten farms should be surrendered to the state. Mutsvangwa also revealed that Mai Mujuru never brought down a helicopter. Therefore lots of lies have been peddled. Real war vets are those whose hands were short-sleeved in 2008 and persecuted for the true liberation of Zimbabweans. Viva Tsvangirai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. vivian v siziba February 21, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    Some of the World War 2 veterans are still alive though, of course few,considering the time almost over 70 years ago.Some of the veterans of the struggle were born in the early sixties,meaning that they are in their mid fifties.It is quite incomprehensible as to why Togi declares that all genuine war vets died,where does he/she get those statistics?It is absurd to paint all war vets with the same brush as criminals,if you have issues with some veterans, confront those individuals.As for the cessation of their pensions and benefits,just forget and never entertain such hallucinations,even your boss Tvangison comes into power,he would just continue paying them,perhaps he would even increase those benefits.As for the misunderstandings between Mutsvangwa and Joice,just leave it to themselves they know how they would solve their dispute,they had been in the same trenches during those unenviable days.

  3. NambyaDude February 21, 2016 at 9:51 am #

    “There is no war veteran who is under the command of the president who then turns against the president.

    Come on Mphoko, so you’re a war veteran until your sentiments parallel those of the President? Senseless gib

  4. Dennis Ladley February 21, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    What a joke – the 90% majority of these guys wouldn’t have even been born during the war.

  5. MTUNZI February 21, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    Our leaders stop now about talking about who you are in the party;Follow the President’s instructions kwanzi cease fire no more hate speach please kwanzi shut up munhu wose.You were asked to deliver to the electorate not furthering your personal agenda.The big mouth will expose your weaknesses.Please read a prepared speach to avoid going out of topic.We need unity we need respect for our leaders,for they were given to us by GOD.Wether we like them or not GOD will offer them protection they deserve to lead us.Happy birth day OUR PRESIDENT,WE LOVE,I WISH YOU MANY MORE

    • Tichaona February 21, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

      Its always good to speak for yourself. Mentioning God in same sentence with Bob is illogical. Don’t use God to defend a dictator – that’s blasphemy you idiot!.

      • toti February 21, 2016 at 5:03 pm #

        thank you Tichaona

    • Marvis February 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

      Mtunzi is a fake pastor and he is misleading his congregation. Its a pity innocent people are following a mad man. No wonder why he worships Bob to the extent that he has lost all senses.

    • kumbirai February 21, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

      The world must not think that all Zimbabweans are like this Mtunzi lunatic, he is just an exception. Unfortunately nothing can be done because he is a Zimbabwean by birth.

    • Mangwiro February 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

      Oh shame Mtunzi, this is turning out to be a very bad Sunday for you. Anywhere I also think you are just a bad clown and you should stop commenting on Zimbabwe politics because you are out of touch with reality. Mugabe has been rigging elections and he knows it, he is no longer as popular as you think. He is not retiring because he cares about himself and his family, he certainly doesn’t give a damn about you.

  6. Membathisi February 21, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    So Mutematanda is openly and arrogantly challenging the Commander In-Chief and President straight away after Friday’s evening SONA???

  7. Moto Watsva February 21, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    I wonder if God ever gave us the kind of clowning leadership that is evident in ZANU PF. Yesterday Webster Shamhu was booted out, the next day he is beckoned to come back and rejoin the party if he apologises.Nonsense ! Who among-est us is able to measure what really goes on in a human being’s mind serve for God himself.So who knows if an apology is genuine or false? Where does God come in in all this madness and horse manure that characterizes the ruling party ? Why is it so that these so called war vets continue to multiply instead of decreasing as nature takes care of itself ? Kufa hama dzangu hakuna anoramba!!!! I can only but shed crocodile tears for the so called self styled war vets. Thank the Almighty that they indeed are testing the bitterness of their own concoction.

  8. Mambo February 21, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    God is not part of this Zanu PF nonsense – God cannot be used to defend a dictator. Mtunzi is singing for his next meal and surely he is overdoing it. Bob is an epitome of all the evil combined in Zimbabwe. If anything Mtunzi is displaying his ignorance to the whole world and its not good for black people.

  9. Zvichapera February 21, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    This Mboko guy is living up to the meaning of mboko. It is a mistake to call him Mphoko, he is a disaster. Small and under-developed brain in a big body.

  10. Rejoice February 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    Mthunzi is just a loony and he must be ignored. He needs to consult a psychiatrist before its too late.

  11. Mambo February 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    where is the EDITOR this pieceis full of errors. was it hurriedly written??

  12. mageja siziba February 21, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    As p atron of the warvets, President nows that as peoples fighters, yu r not allowed to lie to the cic. We sit down with him to go over problematic issues such as tribalism in the party, the negative role of his wife and the G40 in the Party, corruption, the drau ght, poverty and dev elopment. Now, if the Patron says he does not want to talk to war vets, sets the paras with tear gas and water cannons on 60-70 year old men and wo men to pliz the first ladys ego, then we hev a serious prob lem. Warvets havana kupanduka.VP Mphoko, G40, Jonathan, Kasukuwere namai varasa gwara reZANU PF. Is the Patron saying to hell with his legacy for the love of Grace? Remember Maos w ife and the gang of 4 in China? Recall too Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie? In both cases Mao and Mandela chose their legacies to save their respective revolutions & NOT THEIR WIVES. This is the warvets appeal to their pat ron.

    • Tongogara February 21, 2016 at 9:12 pm #

      Stop hallucinating Majeja Siziba. Your patron does not have any legacy to worry about. If you are a true warvet you should know better. Again stop bootlicking because Bob doesn’t care about you, it’s high time you face reality, denial will never take you anywhere. If you thought Bob was your friend think again because a dictator does not have feelings. He just apologised but trust me on this one he meant what he did to the warvets. Its painful but true.

  13. Just-In February 23, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

    war vets are just stupid, honestly why do you show high level o arrogance same with all the people who are sympathizing with those so called war vets. the President is right to save the interests of his wife for one good reason, Dr is his wife. Imagine she takes care for Mudhara who else can do that? ZANU PF may dissolve anytime but the family continues. if was vets decided to carryout their meeting without proper papers as per law then there was no room for such. whether they are aged 10, 15 or 29 it doesn’t matter what matters is were they cleared?

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