Generals absent from Mugabe, vets rally

HARARE - Zimbabwe's security commanders, majority who are war veterans, were conspicuous by their absence at Wednesday’s solidarity meeting which was addressed by President Robert Mugabe.

Analysts have been quick to say this was significant given the importance of the meeting to Mugabe who hastily arranged a meeting with a faction of the war veterans at the party’s headquarters in a bid to shore up his waning support.

Security commanders rarely attend party meetings but were heavily involved in the organisation and subsequent meeting of Mugabe and the larger group of war veterans in April at the City Sports Centre.

“Remember these are also war veterans. So for them to be absent at a meeting where their patron is addressing is a big deal let alone where the patron is Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces,”  said political analyst Maxwell Saungweme.

Mugabe last week was denounced by the war veterans who announced they were ending their 41 year relationship after growing disillusioned by the nonagenarian.

The Zanu PF leader organised a solidarity meeting on Wednesday which was attended by war veterans opposed to the elected executive led by Christopher Mutsvangwa.

The security sector, just like any other department of government, is packed with war veterans who are members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans (ZNLWVA) which met in Masvingo in 2014 to elect Mutsvangwa and his executive.

Human Rights lawyer and analyst Dewa Mavhinga said the meeting between Mugabe and war veterans was nothing but a window dressing show that instead of healing a divided Zanu PF, actually worsened the fallout.

“It seems the views by war veterans that Mugabe should step down may be representative of the views of the army generals hence their absence from Mugabe’s meeting on Wednesday,” said Mavhinga.

On Wednesday, Mugabe railed against Mutsvangwa and his entire executive, accusing them of working to destabilise Zanu PF and government.

He vowed to punish them over their ‘ruinous’ communiqué which he said had been distributed internationally to sully his reputation and gift enemies of his government with an opportunity to effect regime change.

Hours after his address, police swooped on the leadership of the Mutsvangwa-led executive by storming the home of ZNLWVA spokesperson — Douglas Mahiya — where detectives allegedly imposed “a mini curfew” to the his family.

Mahiya, who was not at home that time, surrendered himself to the police after learning of the police presence at his residence.

Yesterday, ZNLWVA secretary-general Victor Matemadanda was also arrested when police descended on him home in Gokwe.

In both cases, police are yet to make public the charges the war veterans’ leaders are facing.

Comments (12)

yaa cd Mugabe vadzidzisei gwara kuti vagoziva.

gwabu - 29 July 2016

Makwara haasi ose ekutevera. Some roads lead to Hell.

Mazano Rewayi - 29 July 2016

When yu see the comrades on one side,cde ngwena,cde kiri,cde chiwenga facing Mr Mugabe ,mis chimene ,mr chinotimba,mr sekeramai, then yu know what divides them, gwara rehondo,nzira dzemasoja.its a song all these mr s never sang.

viola gwena - 29 July 2016

We are behind the commander in chief Ngwena

General Chiwenga - 29 July 2016

appointees with a dubious liberation war record absent from a meeting does not give us sleepless us nights,its public knowledge given their age that the current crop of generals were errand boys during the chimurenga war and only earned their badges from slaughtering civilians during gukurahundi,what is important is that we the masses,youths and womens league are with our leader

truth - 29 July 2016

Who are the real guerillas who were on the frontlines? For a generation, Teurai ropa was said to have downed a helicopter but this had to be deleted to fit the mood of a hapless, directionless segment of the population. Who held the guns and who didn't. Some appear as if they were only keen to put others in dungeons.

Sagitarr - 29 July 2016

I don't think they are against Mugabe,, remember these people are being fed with evil.If they support the public why then they are quiet. Mugabe put them were they are now so they will make sure that they will support his evil deeds.They are used to eat from blood so to them its normal even if u shade tears of blood. Mugabe can not talk like how he is talk knowing that he don't have their support,,they got his back trust me.

matsotsi - 29 July 2016

Truth you are sooooooooooo naïve, you think the nonentities that you managed will support your Goblins aka Ancestor without the current crop of Generals??? You are indeed too simplistic and lack logical reasoning in your demented head. You are sooo foolish.

ZimVendorisedNation - 29 July 2016

Deno Zvangodaro

naome - 30 July 2016

lol its funny you admit that your leader appointed some incompetent bastards on the basis of the atrocities they committed .maybe its time you and Bob come clean of the issue coz your hands drips with blood of innocent civilians and citizens of this nation. its even more pathetic that ZANU is not only confirming that it harboured thugs and criminals of such calibre for such along time, it also gave tittles and ranks of the highest position to them. dai pasina bongozozo nhasi mubato renyu were you going to tell us this TRUTH nhai Truth?. they nailed it pavakati rinamanyanga hariputirwi coz even the most hidden secrets amai ita pasi pemvura makungoti udzawo isu ana kitsi yatota. ndaimboti madanha tsumo idzi asi kwete dzinoto taura zvinoitika mufunge .tichiri patsumo ipapo dakurangaridza zanu newe truth kuti CHISINGA PERI CHINOSHURA.

murambatsvina - 30 July 2016

The absence of security chiefs is nothing to write home about. They were at WORK, working for our beloved country. If they were there you would have written, Look, security at risk as chiefs attend Mugabe meeting. You people, you never cease to amaze me with your double standards.....ini zii semunhu mukuru.

Alftinmak - 30 July 2016

Fantastic!

Mentalist - 30 July 2016

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