War vets woo Dabengwa

HARARE - Veterans of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle are courting former Home Affairs minister and Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa who left Zanu PF a decade ago after growing disillusioned with policies of the former liberation movement.

It is not clear what role the war veterans want the decorated liberation war hero to play.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) chairperson Chris Mutsvangwa told the Daily News that the ex-combatants had held meetings with Dabengwa on many occasions.

“I met on several occasions with Dumiso Dabengwa, my respected war time general. He came and addressed our last ZNLWA meeting at National City Sports Centre. I joined the birthday honours of Lucas Hadebe, the first Zipra (Zimbabwe People Revolutionary Army) armed guerrilla of the 1960s.

“We were joint key note speakers at Joshua Nkomo centenary event hosted at Wits University. All told, we still share a common national vision of our Zanla and Zipra joint military history as national liberation movements that are the crucible of the present defence and security establishment of Zimbabwe.

“His absence from national governance and economic discourse has created unwarranted space for the counter revolutionary G40 to usurp State House and destroy all the hopes of a confident and capable populace,” said Mutsvangwa.

Impeccable sources told the Daily News that war veterans, most who have publicly declared their support for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his reported presidential ambitions, want Dabengwa to play a role in their current fight against the G40 faction.

Yesterday, Dabengwa was not picking up his phone but his party has thus far refused to enter into any alliance agreement with other opposition parties raising speculation in opposition circles that Zapu could rejoin a reformed Zanu PF.

Dabengwa left Zanu PF in 2008 but has consistently refused to be drawn into any opposition alliances.

In 2013, Dabengwa boasted that he along with former Finance minister Simba Makoni, who now lead Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn united to divide the opposition vote in order to prevent Tsvangirai’s outright victory.

“I think we achieved what we had set ourselves to achieve and that is to make sure Morgan (Tsvangirai) did not win that election and that Mugabe did not win that election,” Dabengwa said then.

Comments (3)

Dabengwa is just on confused idiot who thinks that what he did by denying the people of Zimbabwe victory in 2008 was an achievement.You only achieved to make people more poorer and some went out of the country and some are still trekking down to neighbouring countries like S.Africe seeking economic and political refugee.Some are being killed in these foreign countries and those that stay here are either abducted ,tortured and even killed by the zanu pf mafia party.You have blood of innocent Zimbabweans dripping in your hands Dumiso.Is it something to be proud of?Shame on you,Shame on the place you were born! I could bomb the place where your mother conceived you!Sies

Janana wa Bikaz - 5 September 2017

The bushwar ended 37years ago all that participated millitarilly should be telling memoirs about it at museums/national archives NOT trying to shape the future of this country. Citizenry dedicated a day to remember that episode nothing more nothing less. All so called warvets please be informed.

sinyo - 6 September 2017

For one to be able to discern their current situation and predicament, be able to focus and envision the future, it is of necessity that one reflects to the contemporary past

B.Mawizi - 1 November 2017

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