War vets scoff at Zanu PF expulsions

HARARE - War veterans, who are locked in a vicious fight with President Robert Mugabe, insist they are the bedrock of Zanu PF despite their expulsion on Wednesday.

The former freedom fighters fell out with Mugabe last month after they grew disillusioned with the Zanu PF leader’s attitude towards them.

“We were expelled last night so we have not made a decision, but what I can tell you now is that some people are trying to separate us from Zanu PF that is impossible, we cannot be expelled because we are the bedrock of that party,” said war veterans’ spokesperson, Douglas Mahiya.

“What is important to notice is that we were not ever taken to the disciplinary committee. On the day we were supposed to go for the hearing that is the day we went to court so they did as they pleased.

“But what I know is that the idea behind these expulsions is that they want to expel every true war veteran. But let them know that we are still alive and we will remain war veterans,” he added.

On Wednesday, Zanu PF, at its politburo meeting, announced it had expelled war veterans Headman Moyo, Mahiya, Francis Nhando and secretary-general, Victor Matemadanda — who were part of the group that issued a damning communiqué which angered Mugabe.

War veterans have been one of Mugabe and Zanu PF’s strongest pillars of support over the past five decades, playing particularly significant roles to keep the nonagenarian in power in the hotly-disputed 2000 and 2008 elections which were both marred by serious violence and the murder of hundreds of opposition supporters.

Last month, the ex-combatants issued a damning communiqué ending their relationship with their patron, in a move which rocked the nonagenarian and Zanu PF to their foundations.

The panicking government responded to this by swooping on the war veterans’ leadership, in a brutal crackdown which has drawn outrage and widespread condemnation not just in Zimbabwe, but also around the world.

Comments (10)

its cold outside the revolutionary party period

truth - 5 August 2016

ZANU PF is just as good as dead. We are just waiting for the heroic fall. The heroic fall will be soon and very soon.

Zvichapera - 5 August 2016

ma war vets mazomuka manje maakuona chokwadi these pple are trying kudzikisira ma powers enyu then voita zvavanoda nenyika.isu ma bornfree we appreciate your effort musanyeperwa kuti vana vasina kuona hondo havana zvavanoziva.tinotoonawo kuti u saved our country from coonialists and gave it to amonster.munofunga kuti leader munyowani akauya angatadza kukuitiraiwo zviri nani here and pliz think of yo children who ar not war vets and just emagine how they will survive imi mafa kana upfumi huri kudyiwa nevane udyire maita basa nekuvhura meso thank u.musakanganwa mangwana tiri ku masvingo in onother struggle against untold poverty and corruption

masvingo - 5 August 2016

i think its now even colder in the party .if its not that cold then explain why mugabe is throwing his fellow comrades outside the party on daily basis?

murambatsvina - 6 August 2016

Vana truth tibvirei apo. kunyange muchifunga kuti muzanu menyu imomo ndimo munehupenyu muchazvionera pamhuno sefodya kuti matakadya kare haanyaradze mwana

Matsotsi - 6 August 2016

sanity i knew would prevail only when these former self serving were shown the light by their president. now they see. whats next cdes

wekunyombwe - 6 August 2016

Is it possible that one person/family can turn against the whole nation or the whole nation turn against one person/family? what is the best option between the two? This is where we are if you choose one option kkkkk Chii chaenda nechimwe?

wekunyombwe - 6 August 2016

Where is Chinx in all this. I'm sure he is composing an album about. Whichever side he takes I am eagerly waiting to hear what this clown says about this drama.

Tozvireva - 6 August 2016

Where is Chinx in all this. I'm sure he is composing an album about. Whichever side he takes I am eagerly waiting to hear what this clown says about this drama.

Tozvireva - 6 August 2016

These good for nothing war vets are just trying to prop another dictatorship in Munangagwa like they did with Mugabe. If they are for the suffering of the masses then they have to call for free and fair elections first in Zanu then the country instead of trying to appoint someone.

Qawe laMaqawe - 6 August 2016

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