We'll crush thieving G40: Mutsvangwa

HARARE - Firebrand Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) leader and former Cabinet minister, Christopher Mutsvangwa, says ex-combatants are working to “finish off” the Zanu PF faction that goes by the moniker Generation 40 (G40) — as the savage war to succeed President Robert Mugabe intensifies.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, Mutsvangwa also revealed that disaffected war veterans could continue with their “strategic” backing of opposition parties working to oust Mugabe from power through the mooted grand coalition, which is expected to be in place by the end of this year.

“We are consulting with all patriots and are giving serious study to the Norton electoral template which delivered victory against a-G40-imposed candidate there.

“That approach resonated well with all patriotic voters, and this can turn out to be a pilot political project,” he said, referring to their campaign against little-known Zanu PF candidate, Ronald Chindedza who lost to former ruling party leader for Mashonaland West, Temba Mliswa in the Norton by-election.

“We will use our impeccable political pedigree and strong bonds with the populace to thwart the machinations of G40 knaves and thieves, and their power-grab ambitions.

“We are there to defend and promote the ethos and values of the second Chimurenga which are being trampled upon by the likes of Jonathan Moyo and his G40 cohorts. We call upon all Zim patriots to fight resolutely to thwart the designs of this vapid and vacuous lot of political charlatans and counter revolutionaries,” the verbose Mutsvangwa added.

The former Norton legislator was fired from both Zanu PF and the Cabinet last year, while many of his ZNLWVA comrades have also since been banished from the imploding former liberation movement, in addition to being hauled before the courts.

Mutsvangwa and a large section of the war veterans have also gone on to publicly back Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe, who turns a mature 93 years old next month.

They have also warned ominously that blood could be shed in the country if Mnangagwa does not succeed the increasingly frail nonagenarian who has studiously refused to name his Zanu PF successor, arguing that the party should rather follow what he sees as a more democratic process to manage his succession — doing so through a congress.

Mnangagwa’s Team Lacoste allies, who include the disgruntled former freedom fighters, have also been ratcheting up their loud calls for Mugabe to retire now and pave the way for his long-time aide to take over the reins at both party and government levels.

The war veterans’ latest move to plot the downfall of the G40 comes as Mnangagwa has been under the cosh in recent days for hosting sacked Zanu PF officials at his rural home during the festive season, which his party enemies allege was in fact a meeting organised to plot the ouster of Mugabe from power.

Last week, a G40-linked group met at the Zanu PF headquarters and issued a statement in which they called for a probe into Mnangagwa for hobnobbing with Mutsvangwa and maverick Harare businessman, Energy Mutodi.

They also called for a meeting with Mugabe, so that they could register their complaints against Mnangagwa and Team Lacoste with the nonagenarian directly.

“As provincial chairpersons and political commissars, we notice with concern the practice by some of our senior party leaders who are now and again, seen in the company of elements of people who were expelled from Zanu PF for gross indiscipline.

“This kind of behaviour puts doubts on those leaders’ commitment and loyalty to decisions that are made by Zanu PF collectively, as party leaders should not be seen to be associating and entertaining people who were expelled from the party for indiscipline which involved disrespect of the party leadership,” the group said in a statement.

Since the images of Mnangagwa holding the much-obsessed about coffee mug emerged in the public domain, the VP’s foes have gone to town about the issue, interpreting it as his open statement that he has unbridled presidential ambitions.

It was in this context that Mutsvangwa told the Daily News yesterday that the war veterans would mobilise massive support among both their own ranks and ordinary Zimbabweans to “crush” the G40 group, which is rabidly opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe.

“We are meeting all Zimbo (Zimbabwean) patriots who oppose the G40s and their agenda of economic atrophy, denial of promise and hope to a whole generation of educated youths who see their only avenue of modern actualisation in the Diaspora,” he said.

Previously, Mutsvangwa and his colleagues at the ZNLWVA have tried in vain to pressure Mugabe into sacking G40-linked ministers such as Local Government chief Saviour Kasukuwere and Moyo.

The fallout between Mugabe and the ex-combatants first burst into the open in July last year, after they released a damning communiqué in which they savaged the Zanu PF leader before serving him with divorce papers, and bringing to an end a relationship that dates back to the days of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation war.

The fed up former freedom fighters also said pointedly that Mugabe’s continued stay in power was now a stumbling block to the country’s development, adding almost maliciously that the nonagenarian would be “a hard-sell” if he ever contemplated contesting the 2018 polls.

Mugabe responded by warning the war veterans that they would be dealt with severely, including through the use of extra-judicial suppression methods that his former liberation movement incorporated during the country’s independence war — such as incarcerating dissenters in inhuman dungeons where they were forced to live like caged rats.

After this, police duly launched a savage crackdown against the war vets leadership and arrested five officials, who were later set free by the courts.

Over the years, war veterans have 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.

Analysts have also predicted that Mugabe will not win the 2018 polls without the support of the war veterans, while on their part the ex-combatants have vowed that they will vote for an opposition candidate if the nonagenarian stands in those elections.

Comments (13)

Comrade Mutsvangwa, its been agreed, that all meaning Zimbabweans now want Mudhara to rest. But you seem to have no way of stopping the G40 who are busy putting spanners into the works. How long shall you and G40 be hauling insults at each other without end.

Mutemo Pisa - 18 January 2017

mutsvangwa why not throw your hat into the ring rather than hide behind cde ED,dont yu have balls?why worry about what goes on in a party that expelled yu?form your own party and we gauge your strength in the 2018 elections than continually bother the reluctant mnangagwa ,we are busy refoprming zanu pf and reinventing it and the first step beyond 2018 to ensure that we ap[peal to the youths who constitute an overwhelming majority is to ensure that very old people like mnangagwa retire from politics and spend their last days on earth writing memos,cde mutsvangwa yu cannot steal the future from the present generation,give us a candidate below 55 years of age and then maybe we can take yu seriously

truth - 18 January 2017

@ Truth u are a notorious CIO on G40 side of politics while Viola is another spook on Lacoste side of things. The goblin is the mastermind behind all this, pitting the older generation against the new whilst he remains in power as long as he live and ZANU of will implode after his demise and a civil war is imminent. The goblin is a mafia l tell u, but well truth u been brainwashed beyond measure to wit this. I presume u are a Ndex and when the zanupf implosion begins u are going to be the first casualty kkk.

Ndoda - 18 January 2017

When the right time comes ,Dr Mzembi as a dark horse ,l'm sure will carry the day.Age ,charisma...he has.

April 7 - 18 January 2017

Todii?

Young Zimbo - 18 January 2017

What does this man smoke? All that underwear line grabbing, witchcraft and Nehanda worshipping that they did as refugees in Moza must have messed up his mind. ZNWLA has no relevance without Mugabe's patronage and funding and in return they are used as his foot soldiers to go and terrorise citizens. You have no political pedigree no constituency and no clout that is why Mugabe was able to eject you from his party. Emmerson remains because he is of some use for now.

Galore - 18 January 2017

Looking at Mugabe s age I wuld be sick to think that he has any leverage on the goings on in our country.He is too old.His 2 deputies must now take the flake.The economy needs to improve and im not looking at Mugabe to do that.His 2 deputies.The 2 VPs are now hiding behind old Mugabe.I long to see the 2 holding a press conference and tell the nation whats up on economy.Im reluctant to caryon looking up to Mugabe,old Mugabe and spare these 2 gentlemen.

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Aamira - 19 January 2017

Iam non-aligned as far as the ZANU PF factional go. I have always been in opposition to ZANU PF but I believe Mr Mutssvangwa needs correction .He and his comrades have been used, not unwillingly, and not a few times, by ZANU PF to bludgeon patriotic Zimbabweans into submission to mafia rule.Now for Mr Mutsvangwa to claim"impeccable political pedigree and strong bonds with the masses" is the ultimate insult to the intelligence of Zimbabweans.No Go Mr Mutsvangwa,our memories are long, very very long.!! until justice is done!!!!!! '

Jonso - 19 January 2017

I am not a supporter of Zanu Pf and I don't like Mutsvangwa because he is always sing foe his supper like Temba Mliswa , Mutsvangwa should just form his party if he is telling the truth and also the media should stop being used to spread the lies by this foolish man . I agree with April 7 and the truth for advising Zanu PF to look for a young president because Mnangagwa and Mpoko are too old in this new world of development , they must retire and rest enjoy the loot of which we are going to ask them to explain how the get it . Zanu PF yaora to the last they must go to hell.

mudhara - 19 January 2017

Mugabe @93 can not even remember things let alone economic theories that help understand how the economy works. Against this he is well aware that letting the discussion on who is fit to run the country be decided along the battle of ideas about the economy will be political suicide. So he decides debate be on Individuals and the whole country is fooled and thus everybody forgets their troubles and everything becomes an MDC and Zanupf election. The 2million jobs promised became a 2 million jobs lost. Now the promise is about stands for both youth and civil service before 2018 elections. All are wood winked and are even prepared to kill for Mugabe for 2018. Maka roiwa nani akafa? Mucha rapwa nani and Sei ? Ini daenda Diaspora . For how long?

ZVIYO - 20 January 2017

I will repeat Zviyo, s remark in English to those still supporting ZANU pf inclusive of followers of Lacoste n G40: Who is the dead who witched you? And who will treat your minds and how? You in diaspora, how long will you seek solace there? I tell you, spaners of CIO and Mugabe demons are tight in your minds. They are players and you are the foot balls

Vision Analyst - 22 January 2017

it is common knowledge that cde chris is a former spook which may explain the beef between him and jonso, seeing that the former rallies ranks with ngwena who was at the helm of the spooks when the latter allegedly lost his father at the height of the era of madness. that being said, it is treasonous for one to purport to support H.E by supping with devils that have been calling for his ouster from the helm of the revolutionary party by whatever means. matsvangwa has an over-inflated ego, which explains his decision to quit the diplomatic service when he was reassigned from china because he thought he was a larger than life figure that had rubbed shoulders with the Chinese long enough to consider himself presidential material. I could go on but then, lest I be considered a G40 in my geriatric years.

smanga mantiya - 23 January 2017

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