Mugabe savages war vets

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday launched a scathing attack on boastful war veterans, many of whom are strong backers of embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is said to harbour presidential aspirations.

Party insiders told the Daily News on Sunday last night that the attack may have been directed at war veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa, who is seen as leading efforts to replace the post-congress Zanu PF’s national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, with a former liberation fighter.

“Vamwe vanoti handibviswe. Unobviswa, teerera zvinotaurwa nevamwe (Some say they are untouchable and can’t be removed from their positions. They can be removed and should listen to what others say). This is a people’s party, it’s not your party.

“Zvekuti ini ndiri ngana ndakaenda kuhondo iwe hauna kuenda kuhondo, nonsense! (there are those that discriminate others based on war credentials. That is nonsense). We should not hear that at all from anyone,” Mugabe charged.

The nonagenarian went on to praise vice presidents Phelekezela Mphoko and Mnangagwa for not flaunting their war credentials.

“Ava varume vaviri, vanaMphoko naMnangagwa handisati ndavanzwa vachiti ini ndakaenda kuhondo, ava havana (I have never heard Mphoko and Mnangagwa boasting about their liberation credentials and chiding others for not being true war veterans),” he said.

Mugabe’s sentiments resonate with his wife Grace’s recent views that she expressed in October — and which thrust her in the eye of a storm after she was accused by her detractors of attacking war veterans.

“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 then.

She later explained that her party detractors had missed the context under which she had expressed the sentiments.

“Vanhu vanopedzisira vaakubvunza kuti wakaenda wega here? They can go further kuti kuhondo kwacho wakaitei (People will end up asking if you were the only participant in the war … what did you do during the war?),” Mugabe asked further yesterday.

“They (war veterans) sacrificed yes. But they are not the only ones. Even ordinary people back home sacrificed their lives.

“Some don’t know where their relatives are until today. Some were arrested, sent to prison. All those were forms of the struggle.

“It was not just a gun that won the war, it was a combination of various fights, some political and some even economic and obviously the gun being the main norm.

“One of the war veterans who is a good example is (Joseph) Chinotimba. He is down to earth. Haashori (he never criticises others) and he is practical. He went to war and missed his education, but he is now a member of Parliament. People chose him,” Mugabe added.

He said that some war veterans had lost elections because of their poor attitude.

“Where they show rudeness, the people will refuse them. Vanhu vanoti ko ichi chava chiizve (people won’t support them as they will wonder what is happening).

“I know some commanders who lost elections like in Masvingo where no one won elections. The likes of (Josiah) Tungamirai the former Airforce commander never won an election. This is because some of them have bad attitude and this will have a bad bearing on our war veterans,” Mugabe said.

Comments (10)

VaMugabe chemberai zvakanaka. Kana morota rotai zvakanaka. Ko Tungamirai wabva nepi panyaya iyi. Musatipa muenzanisiso womunhu wakafa, nokuti haakwanisi kupikisa zvauri kutaura iwe Matibili!

dick mboko - 13 December 2015

Mugabe is a crook who behaves like a real criminal. When the war credentials for war entrenched his power when the first army general Zvinavashe mentioned he was silent, Chiwenga, Mugova and other went on to repeat the same he was silent and even went on to mock Morgan Tsvangirai for not participating in the war even though it was clear that of the over million adults during the war not all were possible to go and carry the guns and fight the liberation. Now that the same credentials are being used to sideline Grace, he is now claiming that they are not all important because everyone partcipated in kind, either by having a family member or helping the soldiers on the war front to fight. Is this the case that he he has seen the light that war was not only fought by those in the forefront. In my opinion, Mugabe is the most undependable leader who survives by manipulating history and issues to his benefit. Those in ZANU PF should be able to see this and reject, but its unfortunately as Dongo said they are Mugabe's wives. True.

amina - 13 December 2015

Kasukuwere's father was an informer during the liberation struggle. Takaona moto nekuraidwa pamapungwe tichitengeswa nababa vake. Ask Cde Mashereni and Longchase if they are still living. Ndiye anemwana ava kuti pasi nemawar vet nhasi! Nxa. Gushungo taurai nyaya dzenyu kwazvo. Tichiri pachirangano chegwara reZANU here?

Tafunuka - 13 December 2015

Iwe shamwari wema herbs ako,(put vaseline on your herbs and shove them straight up!)uri kutambisa space yedu.Hatiadi maherbs eku MALAWI bcause ndiko kunobva Matibili

BRYAN N WADEMBA UYU - 14 December 2015

Apa marashika baba.....isu tiri maBorn free....hatina kurwa hondo asi we respect and honour the sacrifices of those who fought for Zimbabwe's liberation, both dead and living. For God's sake....stop insulting US.

keydee - 14 December 2015

Apa marashika baba.....isu tiri maBorn free....hatina kurwa hondo asi we respect and honour the sacrifices of those who fought for Zimbabwe's liberation, both dead and living. For God's sake....stop insulting the people's sacrifices

keydee - 14 December 2015

ma war vets acho anonyanya kungoti hongu zvese zvese. they don't even care about the development of this country but rather they are more concerned about mugabe and zanu. too much politics os patronage. it doesn't work. when the boss is fed up with them he simply kicks them in the teeth and the next thing they are relegated to povo like mutasa and mujuru. ndiyo inonzi zanu. hayina akanaka.

zvirozviyedzwa - 14 December 2015

War vets within zanu pf stractures are all yours Robert, hit them harder. War vet rabaiwa rikasvotwa ne zanu pf ngaribude, that what is best for this country going forwad. Leave Mugabe and his wife alone.

X-MAN IV - 14 December 2015

That is what Mugabe is like. He has no respect for the war veterans as he has always used them and discarded them at will. Watch out on the true colours of this insensitive dictator. They say, as one grows older, he or she comes closer to the truth, as you come to the sunset of your life, you are bound to be closer to the truth. We will hear more, tell them Matibili, the truths at last before you are gone.

Zvichapera - 14 December 2015

Ichi ndicho chokwadi, taneta nezvekuyenda kuhondo. Wars are fouhgt to liberate everybody.

Chevhu - 15 December 2015

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