War vets switch horses to Chamisa

HARARE - War veterans in Joice Mujuru’s National People’s Party (NPP) yesterday took part in the time-honoured Zimbabwean political tradition of switching team jerseys to Nelson Chamisa’s MDC Alliance.

The war veterans, among them NPP senior officials including national chairperson Dzikamai Mavhaire, stunned a lot of people yesterday when they announced at the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai MDC headquarters they were joining the MDC Alliance.

After a highly-critical speech condemning Zanu PF leadership and party policy, Mavhaire said he and his team had joined Chamisa because “we all feel that the MDC is the party of truth.”

“We could easily have joined those who have power now (Zanu PF) but we are not glory hunters, we follow the truth and we are not concerned about positions here because I am actually ready to be card-carrying member,” Mavhaire said.

“We believe in the future but can you honestly say I am the future at my age? Can you say Mnangagwa is the future? If you tell me Chamisa is the future, I will believe you because even by merely looking at his age, you see the future.”

Chamisa welcomed dozens of the senior officials.

“We want to go back to the nationalist ethos and because our role is to grow the party, that is the trajectory we will take. So, we are going to amend our constitution to create a wing for our war veterans,” Chamisa said.

“We are not like Zanu PF that wants to only use them and dump them. We want to fuse them into the party. We will also not waste talent by relegating the likes of Mavhaire to the periphery.

“We will accommodate you at the top because you are our hero. I grew up admiring you especially when you first called for Mugabe to go. That was courage because he was dangerous, you could have been killed,” he said.

This was after former NPP spokesperson Jeffreyson Chitando had introduced almost the entire freedom fighters wing of the NPP as well as over 60 percent of the crumbling party’s youth and women’s assemblies.

Speaking on the offer to be the official Opposition Leader in Parliament, he said: “There are no talks with Mnangagwa but we hear that they are offering us recognition in Parliament. That is not a problem. It is a constitutional matter, so it is welcome but what is more important is that he must first recognise that he lost the election, hence he must give the people of Zimbabwe that which they voted for.”

Comments (10)

Ndaapi mawar vet akaenda kwaNelson? Musanyepera wanhu!!

Wilf Muyambo - 2 October 2018

Now Nelson says recognition in parliament is not a problem...it a constitutional issue...lol I wonder if Mavhaire had instead joined ZANU would Chamisa still call him talent or an old has been???

Wezhira - 2 October 2018

mudhara chingonyorai renyu rinotaura chokwadi kkkk mosiya kuverenga amusingade

ras bee - 2 October 2018

value-added zero. he took mashayamombe, jahbhunu mahoko etc and collectively they won nothing. he should just allow democracy to flourish in the mdc, take the ed package and keep quite.

mukhovhe wa tshilidzi - 2 October 2018

kana usingazive kuti Mavhaire mu warvet unogarepi or wakazvarirwepi unobvunza kuti ndeapi mawarvet uyowo anoti chamisa akabvuma kuti parliamentary post is constitutional I think hauna kuzopedzisa kuverenga nyaya or kuona clip yacho akati yes ist constitutional if they want to recognize opposition Tabitha is already there in parliament as the opposition leader and he Chamisa was not voted to be in parliament but at state house that's his words so don't just say akabvuma musingapedzi nyaya yose

Innocent - 2 October 2018

But Mavhaire seems only an opportunist hence bootlicking Chamisa,appears seized perhaps by nyadzi kuti angadzokere ku zanu pf,or sometimes anger over his earlier humiliation there,but there is no way n one can qualify his claim that Chamisa is the future, bec young age alone can in no way represent the future,but sometimes it represent foolishness in our midst as the case is always with inexperienced youths-a direct attack to n prosperous future.Wisdom & experience of the aged sometimes say much to the prosperous future-hence Mnangagwa

addmore gudo - 3 October 2018

Gudo you can try to justify anything but we all know everywhere even in churches wherever or whatever organization that the future is in young people how can you refer future to Mnangagwa haunyare nhy future future future hahahaha future is youth not Mnangagwa he is past that guy tell zanu to from future leaders we know they and you hate Chamisa he only represent future they should have groomed the likes of Terence Mukupe and other young educated future leaders not Mnangagwa haaa hauna dhiri

Innocent - 3 October 2018

Zvandaitizve MDC i party yevechidiki sematauriro emukuru Chamisa? Ko aya majena rebvu ava eyi zvekare. "On the offer to the official Opposition leader... Chamisa said , "... That is not a problem. It is a constitutional matter, so it is welcome but what is most important is that he must first recognise he lost the election, hence he must give the people of Zimbabwe what they voted for". Unless you are waking up from a coma, Chamisa, President Mnangagwa is offering you the position as the duly elected President of Zimbabwe. The Constitutional Court put a lid on all your complaints when you lost the electoral challenge. This is the most important constitutional matter - everything else is a spin off from that ruling. Anyway, your shortsightedness is seen by accepting flip flops like Mavhaire. Any trajectory you had will be diverted by aligning with those whose political expiry dates have long transpired. Show some discernment, wisdom and strategy Sir - your support is slowly ebbing away with these knee-jerk actions.

Daniel 5 - 3 October 2018

hoo ndomadhara arikufurirai kuti muite unseat the current President as we read in other publications. Hamheno kuti nzira ineramangwana here.

Muridzo - 3 October 2018

I salute Mavhaire the first person and mp to tell Mugabe to go as early as 1993 . He is one of the few respected remaining old politicians welcome to the big tent and the only hope of the nation .That was long over due my friend

Diibulaanyika - 3 October 2018

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