War vets want Mugabe challenged at congress

HARARE - War veterans are set to meet next week in Harare to push that President Robert Mugabe be challenged at the elective Zanu PF congress scheduled for December.

The meeting by war veterans — tentatively set for next week Friday — comes amid deepening political tensions, with all Zanu PF provinces resolving last weekend that Mugabe’s position as the party’s president and first secretary shall not be challenged.

The war veterans were the first to clamour for an elective special Zanu PF congress, with the ruling party leadership only agreeing to the call at its politburo meeting last week.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) chairperson Chris Mutsvangwa, confirmed the developments saying the meeting would take place at Gwanzura Stadium in Harare.

“War veterans have taken a position to call for a meeting ... to meet in Highfield urgently for a public declaration of their position,” Mutsvangwa told the Daily News.

“The meeting will also review recent political activities, statements and developments within Zanu PF and war veterans as well as lay out the war veterans’ response (to the Zanu PF congress pronouncement) and outline our programme of action,” he said.

He said war veterans — who have remained starkly aligned to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa despite the fact that he is apparently out of favour with Mugabe — would fight to the end despite the fact that their top leadership was expelled from the party.

The ZNLWVA was purged last year for supporting Mnangagwa’s presidential bid, but they have stubbornly continued to poke their noses in the affairs of the ruling party, describing themselves as “stockholders” of the revolutionary movement.

Mutsvangwa said the war veterans are determined to frustrate efforts by Generation 40 (G40), a camp in Zanu PF which is vehemently opposed to Mnangagwa.

“The aim is to end up with no war veterans at all in all the party and government organs and, by that, the lifelong dream and achievement of destroying Zanu PF from within would have been accomplished.

“This agenda, and certainly, cannot be Jonso’s (Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo) alone.

“There must be at least one bird of a feather with Jonso, in the crowd and war veterans believe they know who this bird of a feather is. So their position is to mobilise all those who are being discriminated, to resist this agenda against them, by a combination of actions, legal action and or mass action led by the war veterans,” he said.

“A call by the war veterans is for the people of Zimbabwe to stand guard against the possible abuse of State machinery to advance a G40 factional agenda. The ideal situation would be for Zanu PF to have an elective special congress before the 2018 elections, so that the party can elect a new leader to represent the party in those elections,” Mutsvangwa said.

The ZNLWVA has previously said the only way they could support Mugabe’s candidature in next year’s elections would be if he wins an internal election at congress.

They also said if this was not the case, they would find another candidate to support and threatened to viciously campaign against Mugabe.

Comments (7)

Welldone comrades.Thats the brothers I know from Chimoio,Nyadzonia,Mboroma.The comrades led by Gen Tongo,rex nhongo and lookout masuku.You men of honour cannot be harrased and get defeated by johnso backed by a ballpoint.PLEASE.They are now buying diamond rings and rollsroyces in this poverty? and you carryon saying pamberi na Jongwe? Oh come on.If we had guts to stand up to Ian Smith what now.This must come to an end.Mudhara must retire NOW not next yeyear.tHE ECONOMY NEEDS ATTENTION.Look at industry and look now at the quality of our citizens life.Then you have a mistress wanting to take charge of zanu and urinate on Gen Tongos grave .Who will stop her?She is mad.And in charge of state house,ministers bowing to her.Ehere is buthi Jabilani.Even the so called Chinos is now embarrased to be seen with her.OH COMEON COMRADES.

muroyi wa viola - 18 October 2017

saka mawar vets that is if there are war vets for sho vakuudza ani?nonsense

g40 - 18 October 2017

Sour grapes. If these war vets had not been jettisoned out of the ruling party, we would not be having this type of discourse. Crying for the gravy train. These war vets are selfish and self-seeking. They don't want to see MDC-T supporters at all yet claim to be democratic. They can tell it to the dogs for all that some of us care. Several people have lost their lives at the hands of these marauding, insane and homicidal maniacs. No sympathies for them. They dined with the Devil but forgot to use long spoons. Let them taste their own medicine.

Argus - 18 October 2017

Once again we hear from the irrelevant war vets who think only their voice should be listened to. Mutsvangwa does not even belong to Zanu PF and so why meddle in affairs of a party you don't even belong. And they want the ruthless and merciless Mnangagwa to take over at all costs. Zip it up war vets, better take care of your grandchildren and leave Zimbabwe alone you inconsiderate people.

Inyika - 18 October 2017

Tsvangirians are not democrats but also fighting for Tsvangirai's autocracy not known that Tsvangirai is not zimbabwe. War veterans went to war for this country before even this Tsvangirai & his fools are known

addmore gudo - 19 October 2017

Fuck these cowards , the real war vets are long dead. They are busy making noise while he is out as always, the moment he comes back they will all crawl back into their shells.

Tafa Mahoso - 19 October 2017

War veterans calling on the people of Zimbabwe? Since when did they respect the people of Zimbabwe? Go fuck your mothers!!

Jonso - 20 October 2017

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