Zanu PF war turns sinister

HARARE - As Zanu PF’s ugly tribal, factional and succession wars continue to escalate, angry war veterans have threatened to beat up ruling party supporters who are planning to denounce Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, upon President Robert Mugabe’s expected return to the country tomorrow, from his month-long holiday in the Far East.

This comes as the Zanu PF faction going by the moniker Generation 40 (G40), and which is rabidly opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe, is said to be planning to transport thousands of party supporters to the Harare International Airport tomorrow morning, to welcome back the nonagenarian and his family.

The disaffected leadership of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) told the Daily News yesterday that it had “impeccable intelligence” suggesting that the G40 had mobilised its supporters to embarrass Mnangagwa at the airport by brandishing placards denouncing the Midlands godfather for hobnobbing with sacked party officials during the festive season.

“We want to warn them (G40 kingpins and their supporters) that they are going too far. Kana vachienda kunogamuchira Mugabe ngavaende vanogamuchira Mugabe (If they want to go and welcome Mugabe, then they should do just that),” warned combative ZNLWVA secretary-general Victor Matemadanda.

“Vakada kusimudza maplacards ekunyomba (if they wave placards to embarrass and provoke) VP Mnangagwa, we as the group from the liberation struggle will fight back, not because we are saying Mugabe is not the president, but because we are fighting on behalf of a fellow comrade.

“We know that they are making placards and we have put our people on standby. Ngavafambe nawo maplacards acho tivone. Tinodzigura zviuno chembere idzodzo. Vakangofamba nemaplacards vachiti Ngwena kudii-dii tinovadira. Ende kumajere kwacho tavakukuziva tinokudzokera (Let them wave their placards against Mnangagwa and we will teach them a hard lesson. We will beat them up. We are not afraid to go back to jail),” he added.

“Iye president wacho ngaazive kuti varikuronga zvinhu zvavo vachida kusvoora ED (Mnangagwa) he must reprimand them. Even vasina kuita, he must tell them that this nonsense must come to an end, otherwise tozoti ndiye arikuvatuma. (Mugabe himself must stop them and if he does not we will conclude that he is the one who is behind them),” Matemadanda charged further.

Two weeks ago, the Daily News reported that some G40 members were planning a meeting with Mugabe upon his return from his holiday, to raise their concerns over Mnangagwa’s alleged plotting against the nonagenarian, as well as against the infamous “Cupgate” saga.

This was after Mnangagwa hosted sacked Zanu PF officials at his rural home during the festive season, with his party foes alleging that this was in fact a meeting organised to plot the ouster of Mugabe from power.

Since the images of Mnangagwa holding the much-obsessed about coffee mug (written I Am The Boss) emerged in the public domain, the G40 has gone to town about the issue, interpreting it as the VP’s open statement that he has unbridled presidential ambitions.

G40-linked party officials who subsequently met at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare, issued a statement in which they called for a probe into Mnangagwa for hobnobbing with the likes of war veterans’ leader Christopher Mutsvangwa and maverick businessman-cum-politician, Energy Mutodi.

Matemadanda reiterated to the Daily News yesterday that Mnangagwa was poised to succeed Mugabe, despite the alleged spirited efforts by the G40 to stand in the VP’s way.

Repeating the “chinhu ichi (This Thing)” phrase which gained notoriety after State media columnist Nathaniel Manheru recently used it amid much controversy, Matemadanda said the structures for a post-Mugabe era were already in place.

“Chinhu ichi is the political foundation for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is not for a special tribe or ethnicity. We would like to advise Mugabe that he is now old and there is the natural process to come. He will go.

“He became the country’s prime minister when he was 56 and it is now our turn. We have been patient for a long time. We are now in our 60s and 70s and are ready.

“We have been in the queue for a long time and it is now our turn. We are going to rule this country, otherwise there will be gnashing of teeth,” Matemadanda warned ominously.

“Those who are saying Mugabe should rule forever are only protecting their interests. They are corrupt. But the bottom line is that this country does not belong to Mugabe. This country does not also belong to Zvimba.

“Those who think that they will jump the queue are mistaken. They don’t have respect for anyone, including the military. So, we are saying it is now our chance. Only thieves want Mugabe to continue ruling.

“That is why we are saying chine vene vacho chinhu ichi (This thing has its owners). Those people in G40, they should know that there will be a day without Mugabe,” he added.

The war veterans have been feuding with Mugabe ever since they broke their 41-year relationship with him mid last year, over their worsening plight and the country’s deepening political and economic rot.

Until that time, the fed-up ex-combatants had served as Mugabe and Zanu PF’s pillars, waging particularly brutal campaigns against opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC, especially in the bloody elections of 2000 and 2008.

The former freedom fighters’ stunning fallout with Mugabe and Zanu PF later saw Mutsvangwa being fired from both the Cabinet and the ruling party last year, while many of their other top leaders have also since been banished from the imploding former liberation movement, in addition to being hauled before the courts.

A meeting in April to try and mend relations between the war vets and Mugabe failed to resolve the stalemate, with the former freedom fighters setting difficult conditions for the nonagenarian, including that he ditches alleged G40 kingpins such as Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and the ruling party’s national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere.

And since the “Cupgate” saga, Mnangagwa’s allies, particularly a large cross-section of war veterans, have escalated their loud calls for Mugabe to retire and pave the way for his long time aide to take over the reins at both party and government levels.

Expelled former Mashonaland Central youth chairman, Godfrey Tsenengamu, recently joined this growing chorus by Team Lacoste to have Mnangagwa succeed Mugabe.

Mutodi has also vented along similar lines, imploring Zanu PF to hold an extraordinary congress to choose Mugabe’s successor.

He also claimed that Mugabe had become so unpopular in Zanu PF that “99 percent” of the party’s members now wanted him to resign before the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections, as there was allegedly no way that the nonagenarian could win elections against popular opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

However, Mugabe has studiously refused to name a successor, arguing that his party should rather follow what he sees as a more democratic process: managing his succession via a congress.

Comments (15)

But surely war vets who average 70 years age threatening to beat the young whose average age is 35 years! Beating physically or by casting votes in 2018?

Nyandoro Kunzwi - 27 January 2017

INGA AKATI ARI KU BINDURA MA WAR VET AKANDITI CHIBVA KANA KUTI CHIENDA NDINO BVA HEZVO VAKAREVA WANI KUTI CHIBVA PAUYEWO VAMWE WARAMBA ZVAWAKAITA 2008 ZANU PF YA ON 27% NE 73% YE MDC

WAR VETS - 27 January 2017

Kkkkkk @ Nyandoro Kuzwi We have nothing else to say mate you have said it all . How can a 24 youngster be beaten by a 70 plus years old whose body is tired bcoz of sikokiyana kachasu tobacco prostitutes TB swollen knees poor food diet semi blind BP and very frail ex war volunteer That is very crazy and seeking to be thrashed by their own kids . Remember not so long ago these guys were given a hiding by riot police and why did they not fight back they are now zuuru rakapinda nyoka .

Diibulaanyika - 27 January 2017

those who have been idiotic to take the war veterans seriously now have an egg on their face,all the know is personality cults and cde ED is their god,surely what can the expelled former members offer the country?maybe those advocating for a mthwakazi republic are better off than being ruled by genocide architect

truth - 27 January 2017

and this useless mujuru is courting the same insane war vets in order to win in 2018? zimbos let wake up and have nothing to do with zanu, war vets, zim pockets first and dabengwa come 2018. NDI MORGIZA CHETE COME 2018.

josphat mugadzaweta - 27 January 2017

How old are these war veterans to be threatening to beat up people? Out of respect the young people can outrun them and if cornered in self defence the youngsters can leave them needing dentures and hip replacements. All these zanu people are not fit to govern including those who were pushed out screaming & vowing to fight back to be let in like Mliswa and his uncle Diesel from the Rock Mutasa, Mrs Mujuru etc

Galore - 27 January 2017

Tarisa pwere Lacoste

Kakuli - 27 January 2017

@Dibulaanyika: Chinhu ichi chine vene vacho. Vene vacho vanenzira nemaitiro ekuwana chinangwa chavo, nenguva yavo yakavakodzera, pamadiro, zvisinei nezera ravo. Ruzhinji rwurimo muchirongwa. Wasaririra. This thing has its owners, who have the ways and means to reach their goal as it suits them, at their own time, regardless of their ages. The masses are stakeholders in the plan. You are lagging behind.

Chirambamurivo - 27 January 2017

@Dibulaanyika: Chinhu ichi chine vene vacho. Vene vacho vanenzira nemaitiro ekuwana chinangwa chavo, nenguva yavo yakavakodzera, pamadiro, zvisinei nezera ravo. Ruzhinji rwurimo muchirongwa. Wasaririra. This thing has its owners, who have the ways and means to reach their goal as it suits them, at their own time, regardless of their ages. The masses are stakeholders in the plan. You are lagging behind.

Chirambamurivo - 27 January 2017

@Dibulaanyika: Chinhu ichi chine vene vacho. Vene vacho vanenzira nemaitiro ekuwana chinangwa chavo, nenguva yavo yakavakodzera, pamadiro, zvisinei nezera ravo. Ruzhinji rwurimo muchirongwa. Wasaririra. This thing has its owners, who have the ways and means to reach their goal as it suits them, at their own time, regardless of their ages. The masses are stakeholders in the plan. You are lagging behind.

Chirambamurivo - 27 January 2017

Let's not recycle zanu pf. These people engineered this suffocation we are going through. Theirs is power hungriness and to continue the bad statusco. Opposition parties that are honest, unite and take over but only within reformed electoral dispensatio .

Vision Analyst - 28 January 2017

@Chirambamurivo nonsense no one has right to up anyone no mater what . Remember this country is not owned by war vets .

Diibulaanyika - 28 January 2017

and i quote "GERONTOCRACY" EFF 2017 kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

The Atomic - 28 January 2017

These guys were removed from zanu but they still want to involve themselves in zanu affairs .Guy grow up and move on with your lives .

Dave - 28 January 2017

Matemadanda is missing the point,the so called chinhu ichi chinevene vacho-if referring to the post of the presidency of zimbabwe is missing the point-this does not belong to Mugabe or Munangagwa,or Matemadanda & his war veterans ,it belongs to all sons&daughters of this country irrepective of their generations-the electorate.No one is even waiting in line for this-including Munangagwa,n one elected by the people will take over as president.If Matemadanda is of such mentality then he risks taking us to another revolution.They did their revolution in 1970s& the present generation is also finding reason in this to engage into another of similar magnitude-the moto remains one man one vote

addmore gudo - 28 January 2017

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