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War veterans squeeze Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe’s meeting with war veterans next month will decide the fate of Zanu PF as the former fighters want the veteran ruler to deal with members of G40, their leader Chris Mutsvangwa said yesterday.

BY NUNURAI JENA

CHRISTOPHER MUTSVANGWA

Mutsvangwa made the declaration after another meeting of war veterans in Chinhoyi.

The fired War Veterans minister spoke soon after the Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) had recommended his expulsion from the party for allegedly insulting Mugabe and his family. Zanu PF also held its meeting in Chinhoyi.

Mugabe on Friday said some war veterans wanted to force him out of power before his term ended.

He said the meeting with the former fighters would iron out some of the differences, but vowed that he would not be pushed out of power.

The war veterans yesterday resolved to put pressure on Mugabe to rein in Zanu PF politicians linked to G40 such as Saviour Kasukuwere, Jonathan Moyo and Patrick Zhuwao.

G40 is linked to First Lady Grace Mugabe and the demands by the war veterans would pile pressure on the 92-year-old ruler as he seeks to deal with one of the most complex issues to confront Zanu PF in recent years.

The former fighters also defiantly put their weight behind Mutsvangwa despite his strained relationship with Mugabe.

Mutsvangwa said his expulsion from Zanu PF could only be confirmed at the meeting with Mugabe.

“It is free to mislead itself [PCC] but if they have any political sense, the patron addressed this issue yesterday [Friday]. He is going to meet the originals of Zanu PF and these are the war veterans,” he said.

“That’s where the fate of the party is going to be decided, including those who are sitting in council on these wayward decisions about these votes-of-no confidence on the people who made Zanu PF what it is today in Zimbabwe.”

Mutsvangwa added: “We created the conditions for Zanu PF to flourish in Zimbabwe and the president is going back to the original.”

The war veterans meeting was punctuated by slogans like “Down with G40”, “Down with Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo”.
The meeting was attended by eight provinces which all backed Mutsvangwa’s leadership of the ex-freedom fighters until the next congress in 2018.

Only Manicaland and Mashonaland Central did not attend the meeting.

Feared Masvingo war veteran Francis Zimuto popularly known as  “Black Jesus” declared war on  Kasukuwere whom he accused of misleading Mugabe.

“We are going to face Kasukuwere head on starting tomorrow when he comes to Masvingo we are ready for him. We will fight for our commander -in-chief Mugabe,” he said.

Relations between war veterans and the First Family became sour when Grace started attacking the former fighters at her countrywide rallies.

The situation worsened when anti-riot police brutally crashed their meeting in Harare with teargas and water cannons.

Mugabe subsequently fired Mutsvangwa as War Veterans minister, accusing him of organising an unsanctioned meeting to denigrate him and his wife.

War veterans are fighting in Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s corner in the race to succeed Mugabe. Mugabe has openly backed G40 in its battle against Mnangagwa’s faction.

12 Responses to War veterans squeeze Mugabe

  1. Chief Svosve March 20, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    “Wat vet squeeze Mugabe”……..Please don’t over-rate the War Veterans. They ran away from Water Canons!!! Water!!! Very soon they will be put to order!! In as much as there were representatives from 8 provinces at the Chinhoyi meeting; that doesn’t mean in all those provinces there are no pro-Mugabe war vets who may actually be the majority!! I now have a strong feeljng that The President is 100% correct – this cannot be taken to ransom by those who claim to be super liberators!!!

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  3. Kufandada March 20, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    The Mutsvangwas symbolise Mnangagwa.It has now become personal.Grace Mugabe versus Monica Mutsvangwa.Robert Mugabe versus Chris Mutsvangwa.

    Mugabe is one who never accepts defeat,and Grace Mugabe is no loser either.Unfortunately for the Mutsvangwas,their enemies are more powerful.

  4. mgobhozi wezintabeni March 20, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    War Vets,if they are worth their salt,they should boldly fight the politics of dynasty in the making.Apart from this Mugabe is increasingly personalising the party and state affairs alike.His continued defence of his razor sharp tongued wife is enough testimony of this fact.Grace’s vocabulary is devoid of words”politeness and protocol” because of her marriage to the President and this is putting the President on collusion course with individuals and organisations that traditional supported the President & Zanu.The war vets and their organisation,ZNLWA are a striking example of this latest development.

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  7. ncube March 22, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

    These war veterans are empty vessels being used by the elite. in the world of the blind, a one eyed man is a king. Mutsvangwa and Munangagwa are one eyed men in the world of war veterans who are very blind.
    The leadership of these blind people has been changed many times at the whims of the supreme leader and they have always sided with their patron at the expense of the former leaders including Jabu. Mutswangwa was the one who was quick to fill Jabu,s place when Mugabe fired him. Now why is it a problem when the patron fires Mutswangwa ? When did the meet their damascan moment that made them to see that the patron is now wrong? Many veteran chair persons have been fired without resistence but today you say Mutswangwa was chosen by you and can not be fired by any one except yourselves. Poor blind veterans!!! Don’t you see that you have been used to run down this country. Is it not true that if was not for you we today would have had change of leadership of the country in 2008. you refused to the transition to take place now you want transition and you are fired and you cry foul . You are very blind and incorrigiable and only useful to be used not to run a country full stop . I know you don’t even understand this for you are blind but full of empty vernom against the supreme leader . If the president is your patron and is able to chose leaders for you it means you yourselves are useless and can do nothing on your own . in short you are not yourselves but tools of convenience period.
    if you are your own then fire the patron as you have the right to chose your patron and not mandated by force. you are a toothless lot only able to reverse the freedom of the populace as you have done since true veterans like Tongo, Masuke etc liberated us. You survived in the war by luck and noe you shakkel us with your chains ater are true heros had liberated us. yu are parasitic in nature murderous in character and the Prisident must put you in your rightful place to reform and see the true light. We are tired of your bullying tactics and we have had enough of you and you must be dispensed with sooner than latter

  8. tanaka March 23, 2016 at 2:28 am #

    The fall of the last empire. Indeed it’s falling apart. If it’s time for God to change the demise of the people of Zimbabwe even rigging will not stop the change. We all must be happy including those in Zpf party for a better change brings a better life style

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