War vets to boycott million-man march

HARARE - War veterans have threatened to boycott the controversial “million-man” march to support President Robert Mugabe against machinations  by pro-VP Emmerson Mnangagwa supporters who want the Midlands godfather to take over from the 92-year-old before the 2018 elections.

War veterans said the march being planned by the Zanu PF youth league, had no clear agenda hence they would not support it in views seen as supporting Mnangagwa.

While the youths insist the march is in support of Mugabe, a faction of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), led by Christopher Mutsvangwa, suspects that it is aimed at protesting against Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential ambitions.

ZNLWVA spokesperson Douglas Mahiya told the Daily News yesterday that while his association was prepared to participate in a “progressive march meant to fortify the legacy of the revolution,” they had not been formally informed of the planned march and that they were not aware of its terms of reference.

“We cannot be mobilising our members for a march that we have not been notified of. We only hope it does not confirm what we have always said about the Zanu PF commissariat department in terms of its failure to move the party forward,” Mahiya said, referring to presentations made by war veterans during an indaba with Mugabe last month that the Zanu PF commissariat department must be completely overhauled and led by a person with liberation war credentials.

“We wished for a progressive march that is inclusive but if it is the opposite and seeks to further destroy the party, then it is unfortunate and we are not party to that. We will tell after the march because as it is we are not aware of its motives.

“What the youths must always remember is that today must swallow its pride and accommodate yesterday so that we can have tomorrow.” The ex-combatants accuse Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere of failure to handle the party’s critical department and fomenting the divisions that are threatening to obliterate the former liberation movement.

Zanu PF deputy youth league secretary, Kudzanai Chipanga declined to comment on the war veterans’ threat to boycott the march. He also declined to state why the youth league had not informed the ex-combatants  despite being on record saying  they would be given a slot to speak on the day.

A senior official of the youth league told the Daily News on condition of anonymity that they had no obligation to inform “Mutsvangwa’s war veterans”.

“Mutsvangwa’s war veterans need to be reminded that the youth league reports to the politburo not to their faction,” the official said. “When the time comes, we will inform genuine war veterans who know the importance of the youths in terms of being not only the vanguard of the party but also defenders of ...Mugabe and his legacy.”

He added that the youth league was aware that “Lacoste war veterans want to eventually claim glory after the march saying if it had not been their intervention, the march would have been a flop. That is why they are so desperate to be informed.”

The march, that is expected in the first half of this month, has been described by many in the party as “undeniably divisive” and with potential to define the warring governing party’s destiny unless party leaders get a better handle on it.

This comes as the war veterans have since suggested that the march would be a monumental disaster because youths allegedly lacked the stamina to organise such a massive event.

They also accused the youths of seeking to “capture” their legacy before the war veterans transferred it to them.

Analysts who spoke to the Daily News at the weekend said fears expressed by Mnangagwa’s allies were not without basis.

Commentator Davison Gomo said it was difficult to believe that Mugabe was under any noticeable threat as he appeared to enjoy widespread support from both factions in Zanu PF.

“People are being simplistic in saying a million people will come to the march in Harare. The danger we have here is of a few individuals purporting to be speaking on behalf of a million people. And those participating in the march might do it genuinely, but not knowing exactly why they are marching,” Gomo said.

Political commentator Blessing Vava also concurred that the march was a political statement targeted at the Midlands godfather and his allies among war veterans.

“It is meant to scare those who are alleged to be angling to succeed Mugabe. What is obvious is that Zanu PF will abuse State resources to bus the youths to Harare,” he said.

Comments (16)

Yu can match out!!!.

viola gwena - 3 May 2016

MDC youths please lets join the march to call for the removal of the limping donkey. Lets not put on our party regalia.

Mudhiniwe - 3 May 2016

Go n do beekeeping projects n learn how to negotiate wth bees.dont get stung,bfo yu challenge warvets.do yu even have a register of all yuths coming to match out! A million names,like the warvets did,a register.take that register to police 1st ,for permision.police wil only allow if yu forward the names of the yuths.

viola gwena - 3 May 2016

Senseless and diversionary.Mugabe secured more than 2/3 majority in 2013 harmonised general elections and after promising Zimbabweans service delivery of magnitude proportions the country continues to experience accelerated economic decline .Those immature Chipanga and cabal, instead of seeking clarification from policy makers why there has not been service delivery as previously promised they go on to worship an individual and goes on to give a seal of approval for non performance. Chipanga is simply hopeless and not material for the country's future political leadership.

gen spinola - 3 May 2016

we keenly await the march,this march will be a huge success that is why its unsettling some people,marching is anybodys democratic right so why should the youths be denied when mdc had theirs and warvets had theirs,the warvets are annoyed because they have not been invited,they love the limelight so much whilst the mdc elements who purport to support freedom of expression are surprising wanting to deny the youths thier right,probably after speaking to an empty stadium,the mnangagwa bootlickers see the million man march as the only gathering where their leader cabn address a full house,and he has not been invited

truth - 3 May 2016

If that gonna put sadza on their tables then let them march. What it is, is that the youth are being used by Mugabe and his cronies to silence their critics, the very critics who are arguing on behalf of the gullible youth. These youths are not capable of seeing who makes their lives unbearable. They will never learn: we have to accept that among us Zimbabweans we have too many like them. This is why its ever suffer continua.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 3 May 2016

@masamba,yu are suffering alone as yo dream of a karanga leader does not seem to be materialising,when has a march ever put sadza on a table?the youths know who makes their lives miserable,it is your likes that thrive on nepotism,tribalism and croynsm

jojo - 4 May 2016

@jojo. You are panicking. The gravy train on which you are riding is gradually coming to a halt. Your desperate attempt to keep it moving by shouting at this forum will not help the situation. Its irreversible. The last kicks of a dying horse. Chaiseva chavakuzotemura. Without a shot being fired at you and your band of marauders you will soon be history. The very youths you are rounding up and force-marching for your uncle are the ones who are going to kick you out. After the forced march for the statue of your uncle they will realise the power of a million march for what they deserve - sadza patafura.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 4 May 2016

Kudzai chipanga an unaccomplished bootlicker singing for his supper

mukanya - 4 May 2016

@masamba. Wairasa, wavakumangwadza mafuza aya. Iwe nyarara chete vauye en masse for the demonstration. This is the only way the youths can learn how a demostration of that magnitude can change their plight overnight. They will soon realise the sense of what MDC has been calling for, for ages. This is the only gauranteed way to get rid of Zanu-PF thieves and reclaim our country.

Bobby Sadza reZwiyo - 4 May 2016

@masamba. Wairasa, wavakumangwadza mafuza aya. Iwe nyarara chete vauye en masse for the demonstration. This is the only way the youths can learn how a demostration of that magnitude can change their plight overnight. They will soon realise the sense of what MDC has been calling for, for ages. This is the only gauranteed way to get rid of Zanu-PF thieves and reclaim our country.

Bobby Sadza reZwiyo - 4 May 2016

@masamba,yu the sort of guy who is uneducated and yu thought being shona was going to open doors for yu but alas yu have since found out that you are a second grade shona,the pure breed being zezuru and yo karanga lineage is for no help,shame

jojo - 4 May 2016

Do these Zanuoids know how to count? 1 million people? Where will they be marching from and to where? Can the CBD even accommodate such a number of people? The CBD is crowded as it is? What if the march turns rogue and instead people start asking for the president's head? How many policemen are required to police such an event? Last time police spokesperson was complaining about lack of manpower...now? Stop dreaming.

Sagitarr - 4 May 2016

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