Grace's rant against war vets ill-advised

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe, as the commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and patron of the war veterans needs to make the right noises to dissuade members of his party from fomenting divisions in these two critical constituencies.

This also includes having a private word with his wife — Grace — whose attacks on the war veterans last week at a rally in Rushinga, were ill-advised.

Generally, it is expected that as Zimbabweans — despite being drawn from different persuasions and ideologies — we should always respect the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of this country — whether dead or alive.

If the First Lady was miffed by some of the actions of this constituency, she chose the wrong platform and perhaps could have handled the situation better.

“There are some who think that because they fought in the war to liberate the country, their war credentials give them the right to do what they want. Are you the only one who fought in that war?

“We will end up asking you if anybody forced you to join the war because there are many others who also went there. We all did, as our parents, brothers and sisters played their part as well,” Grace said last week.

This was not consistent with the values that Zimbabweans hold in as far as the independence and indeed the roles of the war veterans are concerned.

There are many freedom fighters who are still serving both in the military and other security organs and whose deference to their commander in chief is part of respecting Mugabe as a man who was put into that position by the liberation struggle heroics.

As the First Lady, Grace needed to show decorum and deal with this issue in a manner that is consistent with the position she occupies as the commander-in-chief’s spouse.

She is entitled to her grievances but the timing and platform which she expressed them exposed her in a rather embarrassing way.

Mugabe, as the leader of Zanu PF should also try to weed out bad advisors whose advice to his wife risks sullying his own reputation amongst the colleagues he had in the liberation struggle.

Already the party and the war veterans are divided because of the manner he allowed icons such as Joice Mujuru, to be treated in the run-up to the widely-condemned party congress in December last year.

He must show that he is the glue that keeps everyone together.

Comments (5)

No ,it is yu the complainant who is lost and clinging to a falacy of misplaced entitlement mind-set.Meritocracy is the way to go.Thanks to Dr Amai.

Membathisi - 19 October 2015

She is a bold and shrewd tactician whose statements carry so much weight at the right place in time.35yrs into our uhuru events on the ground prove her correct.

Aliphelithemba - 19 October 2015

People who have no idea of what it means to be a combatant or ex-political prisoner,restrictee means.The first lady prophesied her ignorance and total disrespect for those of our heroes who sacrificed their lives for us to be free though now in mess because of our own irresponsibility with greedy and selfish elements.They are not the war veterans who are behind looting and mismanagement of the land but they are some clowns and a group of kakistocratic little brains who think there would be no tomorrow like her

carson macate - 20 October 2015

What Grace said is nothing new. It might be new in ZANU circles but in all other circles this has been the constant mantra, kuti ma War Vets should not hold the country ransom simply because they are the ones who "liberated it". Grace did well here, and we should give credit where credit is due. Apa wagona kutaura Gire

Rogue Rombe - 21 October 2015

I agree with her. However an important point to note is that her hasband did not fight in the war. The war vets fought to protect him because they thought he was the future

Ndosvotwa Mhani - 28 October 2015

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