Angry Mugabe mauls war vets

HARARE - An angry President Robert Mugabe yesterday launched one of his fiercest attacks on his own party members, threatening to deal severely with disaffected war veterans who are pushing unyieldingly for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed him.

Addressing a Zanu PF central committee meeting in Harare, Mugabe shocked all and sundry when he described recent pronouncements by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) that Mnangagwa was a shoo-in to take over from him as tantamount to a rebellion.

“The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association was formed to cater for the welfare of our veterans and not to champion the struggle for political change, not to be the boss of the party and never to be the bully of the party, nor the entity to make the choices of who should be and who should not, never ever!

“Expect that within the party, always within the party and not outside the party. The dissidents tried it, they were war veterans, and you know what happened. Lots of trouble, lots of fighting, lots of suffering of course to our people, and these dissents activities cannot be allowed.

“Do we see another rise of dissident activity? The leadership with our experience says no to the war veterans association. It’s not your function, it’s not your business to talk a lot on who shall succeed the president.

“Dissident activities cannot be allowed. It ended in December 1987 when Joshua Nkomo and I put our hands together and our hearts together to say never again shall we allow this to happen,” the visibly agitated Mugabe said.

The president’s reference to the dark era of the early 1980s when the government unleashed the North Korean-trained 5th brigade that massacred an estimated 20 000 innocent civilians mainly in Matabeleland and the Midlands dropped jaws and sent a chill down the spines of most of the gathered Zanu PF bigwigs.

Mugabe was insistent that it was not the responsibility of the ZNLWVA to anoint his successor, but that of Zanu PF.

“I am stunned on what they do. You want to spill the blood again? We say to them that could not be allowed and steps are going to be taken (against them).

“It is not proper for any man to use the war veterans association as a platform to attack party top leadership, or seeking to direct party processes in the same direction preferred by some individuals in that same body.

“The mandate of the association does not allow directing party directions. It’s not your function. Yours is to improve the welfare of the war veterans,” Mugabe fumed.

He said the Zanu PF constitution was clear about the issue of succession and that “it remains the bible of all of us. We must respect the rules drawn by the party and organs of the party must be respected”.

Mugabe’s diatribe comes after the Christopher Mutsvangwa-led war veterans have increasingly appeared to challenge the nonagenarian’s authority and those of his key lieutenants.

Only last week, the former freedom fighters responded with interest to a savage assault on them by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko who had accused them of engaging in “treason” by endorsing (Vice President Emmerson) Mnangagwa as Mugabe’s shoo-in successor.

In his own polemic, delivered while addressing a Zanu PF Matabeleland North provincial committee meeting in Lupane, Mphoko warned the pro-Mnangagwa war veterans against talking about Mugabe’s succession while the increasingly frail nonagenarian was still on the throne.

Responding to the attack, the secretary-general of the main faction of the ZNLWVA, Victor Matemadanda, roundly savaged Mphoko, once again accusing the under-fire VP of having deserted Zimbabwe’s war of liberation.

“What do you think is more treasonous between saying Mnangagwa is the most senior person in the Zanla (Zanu PF military wing) ranks and deserting the war, going to Mozambique and selling guns meant for waging the liberation struggle?

“We will not be intimidated by his misuse of the word treason. We never said Mnangagwa should take over today or tomorrow. We are simply investing in our future as Zanla and Mphoko must not interfere because we never interfere in Zipra (Zapu military wing) issues.

“He is annoyed by our discourse because he is the face of G40 and he thinks either Jonathan Moyo or (Saviour) Kasukuwere should be president. But that will never happen, unfortunately. That will not be decided by one who deserted the war.

No-nonsense ZNLWVA spokesperson Douglas Mahiya chipped in saying Mphoko “has no knowledge of the issues he is commenting on”.

“We have not endorsed anybody. We were simply discussing the arrangement we had during the war of liberation. We were in Zanla and he (Mphoko) was in Zipra. How does he know events that took place in Zanla?

Comments (23)

Mugabe shld smell the coffee. A presidential post is different form a king,s throne. Presidents must have terms and limit their stranglehold on power to specified terms. It is not surprising that the issue of Mugabe's dark past is taking over, and makes him dead scared. You shall surely relinquish the throne Bob. Time is ripe, time is now, indeed the seconds are nigh

Fire - 10 June 2016

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almight, we are free at last from the fear and blood letting that has ruled this nation these last 36 years!

Patrick Guramatunhu - 10 June 2016

People manzwa here mubvunzo. Hanzi the dissidents tried it and were are they now. Akomana! This monkey of a ape being is not even sorry for the innocent lives he took through his 5th brigade. Kwaku rwara uku ne ngozi. How can he out of all people say that. Those people you killed are waiting for you on the other side my president.

Gushungo - 10 June 2016

its about time these so called war veterans find out that they are nothing to mugabe,If Hunzvi had not done it by force,there would have never had been third chimurenga.mugabe listerns to no words,he is the big bully,but this is axactly what happens in life.there is a time we feel strong and we hurt others especially the young ones not realising that we will age and they will have their youth,Now he is old and worn out,watch out here comes the youth to ask you about why you maimed and did away with their elders.I urge ma war vets mukanyatsobatana zvamakaita pahondo yeminda hamufe makajairirwa,Zanpf yatocompany yamukoma wenyu mugabe nemwana wenyu grace.hanzi takasununguka.kusununguka chii ipapa.


Mutsvangwa, Mahiya mazvinzwa here? Hanzi tinokuurayayi sezvatakaita ma dissidents. Apo ka apo? Mwari wenyu atauraka what next?

Sagitarr - 10 June 2016

its in plain black & whyt that if you are of a differing opinion, your blood will be spilt to asuage the allergy of oppsition that infirm our leaders. the writting is so bold on the wall that if yu dont agree, for whateva reason, you are guilty, without trial, of an offence that is paid by the ultimate price! is there a place...?!

SaManyika Chaiye - 10 June 2016

A very clear message to those who bleat on this forum about Gukurahundi. You have heard it from the horse`s mouth. Musazotinetsa isu kana achinge afa nenyaya iyi. Hoyo aripo arikutaura ega. if you are afraid of facing him then admit and stop blaming other normal Zimbabweans because they do not control the judiciary, the police and the army. If you cannot understand his utterances then you can only blame yourselves. Kunemwi maZimbabweans: kana mukapusa muchatongwa naChatunga.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 10 June 2016

Izwoka izwo ! Chiri mumusakasaka chinozvinzwira. Kupi kwawakambonzwa kuti vanhu vanobatirwa demo kuti vataurireyi pfungwa dzavo ? Manje manje muchanzwa zwavakunzi muma purazi avo makawanikwa maArms Cages. THE MONISTER THEY CREATED WILL DEVOUR THEM BEFORE HE CONTINUES TO RULE THE COUNTRY FROM THE HEROES ACRE.

Napoleon rules animal farm ! - 10 June 2016

Ngakatibvire pano. Ngakaende kasiye nyika yedu inerunyararo. Kanoda kusiya kaita mhirizhonga tosara tichipurana pachedu zvozoita kunge ndiko kaitiyananisa kwemakore ose. Chirongwa chako tinochiziva; ndiko saka uchida kufira pachigaro. Vanhu vanondida, vanhu vanondida - vanhu vekupi ? Vana vari kuperera muna Limpopo, vamwe varikuitwa nhapwa mhiri kwemakungwa kutiza nhamo dzawakaunza munyika yedu. Unombozviona sani chaizwoizwo iwe kamudhara ? Wanyanya kutizvidza. Kunyarara handikupusa. Kana wava nechirwere chefungwa enda kwaZvimba unozorora. Kana kuenda Singapore nekamuzukuru kako zvachose. We will not miss you at all.

Bobby Sadza reZwiyo - 10 June 2016

Nguva yakwana yekubvisa Mugabe where ever you are mwana weZimbabwe kana ari matemo ngaabude taneta

richard machiwana - 10 June 2016

Nguva yakwana yekubvisa Mugabe where ever you are mwana weZimbabwe kana ari matemo ngaabude taneta

richard machiwana - 10 June 2016

I thought they are the same war veterans who said "the presidency is a straight jacket" and also that "Tsvangirayi is like a fly who can be killed and nobody will take note of"', now what has changed? Is it because they are taking the line opposite and parallel to yours Gushungo, no dindingwe rino naka all the way.....................

Qawe laMaqawe - 10 June 2016

Ko nhai dailynews na coltart zvamaiti ED ndiye akaita Gukurahundi ko uyo adura huroyi hwegukurahundi hwacho muchatii.

Mnangagwa Daily News - 10 June 2016

There are two things here. Firstly, the war veterans should know their limits in terms of both party and government. They are no more special than anybody else and they should remember Zimbabwe is for all Zimbabweans not for a small minority of people. Secondly, Mugabe is too heavy handed. People should be be free to discuss succession without fear. There is nothing wrong with that. The guy is 92 and naturally people will talk succession and they should be free to do so in any fora. Threatening people like this will not work in 2016, Mugabe has caused these discussions himself because of his selfishness.

Inyika - 10 June 2016


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captain - 11 June 2016

War veterans have failed to defend the ordinary peasant and worker. During the elections they were the henchmen who terrorisesd people. They created and buttressed the sysytem. In any case koisu mass dont we have a say on who should be president. Now its ZANLA only ko ZIPRA iripi. War veterans should be one and fight for peoples interests to the interests of one person. There are many important issues to fight, corruption and poverty among the masses. Mawar veterans you were corrupted nema farms ne mari hapana zvamungatitaurire. Dzokai kuvanhu. makadya mombe dzedu, huku , vanamujibha vakapfurwa, dzimba dzikatsva tichikusuppotayi. Nhasi matikanganwa. Hapana achakutsigirai kana mukada hondo. We were the water and you were the fish. asimatikanganwa.You time should be spent defending the interests of the masses not htose of one person. The enemy is poverty , tribalism, sexism , racism , imperialism and capitalism. mobilise the the masses and yourselves to fight these. Fight for genuine democracy not one center of power.Musakanganwe kuti ZIPRA vamwe venyu.

Phinny - 11 June 2016

is this the Zimbabwe you fought to see? if not, then worsted time. its a new era, we need a new Zimbabwe. A Zimbabwe we go to work, a Zimbabwe we eat, a Zimbabwe above all WE LIVE WTHOUT FEAR

matindingima - 11 June 2016

Where is the likes of vana Viola and that other guy whose name i have forgotten, vatiudze kuti kune democracy ku Zanu Pf Last time i checked, this group of war idiots was an affiliate of the gost party, if they are barred from discussing that, then the question is WHO IS ZANU PF? WHO IS THE PARTY???????

Ziggy Zigawo - 11 June 2016

The dissidents Viola Ngwena and their ilk are in hiding. Gugurahundi2 is looking for them, their families and neighbours to extiguish them for supporting Ngwena for planning to prevent Mugabe from ruling from the grave. Zimbabwe belongs to to the Gushungos. Any dissidents and relatives will be exterminated from suggesting otherwise.

bexilford - 11 June 2016

Until war vets within zanu pf stop their notion that mugabe is being misled their problems will only get worse. Mugabe is the problem and should be resisted both within and outside zanu pf, spanners should be thrown into works. Difference in opinion cannot make the other next person a dissident. This time mugabe ha- alume! This faction that mugabe is fighting has been the militant wing of zanu pf, it will not be a stroll in the park to take them down. As for the utterances of the dark chapter, mugabe should be impeached and locked up immediately.

X-MAN IV - 11 June 2016


whow!!!!!! - 12 June 2016

from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks

Bob - 12 June 2016

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