War collaborators dump Mugabe

HARARE - War collaborators have, in a development similar to the fallout between war veterans and President Robert Mugabe, announced they will not campaign for the increasingly frail nonagenarian in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national polls.

This comes as angry war veterans and re-energised opposition are battering Mugabe and his bitterly-divided Zanu PF, on all fronts.

Mugabe, who turns 93 next month, had a stunning fallout with war veterans mid last year and has been despairingly trying to heal the rift which analysts say if not resolved, could lead to the end of his long rule in the looming elections.

Yesterday, Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators Association (Ziliwaco)’s Manicaland chairperson Angeline Muponda, said Zanu PF had used and abused them and they have now resolved to withdraw their support — a move that insiders in the former liberation movement described as yet another slap in the face for the nonagenarian by the disaffected liberation stalwarts.

“Zanu PF doesn’t like us as war collaborators. What they want is to use us during elections and we are saying to them this time we are not going to be used again,” Muponda told the Daily News.

“In 2018, we are not going to campaign for Zanu PF. They took all the land and shared among themselves but we helped them during the land reform. We mobilised people to disperse white farmers, but at the end of the day, all the farms were taken by Zanu PF top officials.

“We also think that the president has neglected us since 1980. He was in charge but he never did anything to improve the welfare of war collaborators. We all suffered to liberate this country, so we must be treated equally,” added Muponda.

War veterans and collaborators,  have over the years served as Mugabe and Zanu PF’s political power dynamos, playing particularly significant roles to keep the nonagenarian on the throne in the hotly-disputed 2000 and 2008 national elections which were both marred by serious violence and the murder of hundreds of opposition supporters.

The ex-combatants, since serving divorce papers on their former patron in mid July last year, have been feuding with Mugabe and his warring Zanu PF.

Attempts to heal the widening rift have so far failed to yield positive results as the disgruntled vets’ demand that Mugabe jettisons a faction of young Turks opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential ambitions — the Generation 40 (G40) group — have been ignored by the nonagenarian.

Ziliwaco whose chairperson and an alleged Mnangagwa ally, Pupurai Togarepi, was axed as the Zanu PF youth league boss last year by Mugabe, was not reachable for comment.

But Muponda said they had had enough of being “used” by Mugabe and his party whenever elections were approaching.

“In 2008, they mobilised us to set up various bases to campaign for them in different parts of the country. We were forced to work against our own brothers and sisters but after that, they didn’t do anything to appreciate our efforts,” thundered Muponda.

“We know that towards elections, they will try to persuade us again so that they will use us but we now know the truth. We thought we were building our party without knowing that we are being used for the benefit of certain individuals.

“Since 1980, they never attempted to address our concerns as war collaborators. The meeting which was held last year by the president was meaningless and useless, it never addressed our problems.

“We are now growing older but we have nothing to show to our kids, we are struggling to feed our families and pay school fees for our children. We have suffered enough; we want to tell Zanu PF that we don’t eat slogans,” added Muponda.

Mugabe in power for 36 years and the only leader Zimbabwe has had since the country gained independence from Britain in 1980 — is facing the biggest challenge to his political career.

Analysts say the looming prospects of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru working together to form a mooted grand coalition involving other smaller parties —  could mark the beginning of the end of Mugabe and Zanu PF — as the alliance could finally see the opposition winning the 2018 elections.

Comments (7)

The problem with these people is they only tells us now but come 2018 they will be on the forefront beating their brothers and sisters from opposition. Please taurai izvozvo tava towards ma election.

Jokonia - 12 January 2017

President Mugabe is fast becoming the Gorberchev of Zanu pf.He will soon be left wth no structure in zanu.Soon it will be the yuths, then women and perhaps provinces.Who hasnt been used?Its best sekuru ,to hand over the stick.Why embarras yoself sir.

viola gwena - 12 January 2017

Just like the war veterans you are want to blame Mugabe for your malicious actions which were totally devoid of any element of humanity.Muponda and your partners in maiming and killing innocent citizens in the name of zanu pf,please spare us the agony of listening to your vomit.You have suddenly opened your eyes and now you are able to distinguish between evil and good?.The most frustrating thing is that you did all this knowing fully well that zanu pf was using you against your own brothers and sisters,but because you were promised heaven on earth you suddenly became too blindto see your evils deeds .Go hang war vets and war collaborators!

Janana wa Bikaz - 13 January 2017

@tete viola kkkkk.Mandipedza

munya - 13 January 2017

Rather too late. XCollaborators have been abused without any benefit. Now they have been replaced by abused persons who get paid.

just common sense - 13 January 2017

These war collaborators have no relevance whatsoever. Everyone in the rural areas collaborated, my grandmother cooked so many chickens for the fighters and so did so many other people. So what's so special about this group?

Inyika - 13 January 2017

Muponda is talking sense , good enough that him and his friends now see the light and ready to rebuild Zimbabwe . I highly support Muponda , good to repent and repair the demage which was caused unlike ZANU PF and Mnangagwa who have failed to apologise to the nation for the gugurahundu killings .

Khalabemgeza - 13 January 2017

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