Msipa backs war veterans

Herald Reporter
FORMER Zanu-PF Politburo member Cde Cephas Msipa has thrown his weight behind the position taken by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWA) on Monday that the party should introspect and stick to its founding prin- ciples.

Cde Msipa said Zanu-PF was fast losing direction as people were now spending time fighting for positions.

The war veterans on Monday said they were concerned with the lack of respect for the country’s liberators and harassment and suspension of people in the ruling party.

Cde Msipa yesterday weighed in castigating the unilateral suspensions and expulsions of party members.

The party’s national commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, is at the fore of suspending party members and over the weekend, he unilaterally announced the suspension of Masvingo, Mashonaland East and Midlands provincial chair- men.

Such actions, Cde Msipa said, were not good for the party let alone the country.

In an interview with The Herald yesterday, Cde Msipa said: “The party is getting lost. This is not the Zanu-PF that we fought for. The one that we fought for believes in unity of purpose. Where have you seen a party that concentrates on suspending and expelling its members every day?

“We have lost direction as a party. In a way, I agree with the war veterans because we need to refocus and give priority to the needs of our people. The problem is that we are spending much of our efforts on who occupies which pos- ition.

“We fought to liberate our country and ensure that our people are not second class citizens in their country. Everyone is asking; where are we going?”

Cde Msipa said the current in-fighting in Zanu-PF should stop immediately and ensure that leaders focus on economic development.

He said Zanu-PF was formed to serve the people and not to allocate each other positions.

“What is happening now is an embarrassment to the President who is a well-recognised statesman the world over. But back home, people will say, look, his party is in tatters,” he said.

“Some people think that I am mad when I speak about this country but the reality is I love it so much that it pains me to see some people undoing what we fought for.”

Cde Msipa said war veterans played a key role in the liberation struggle and are a respected institution the world over.

He said people in Zanu-PF were now living in fear – not knowing who the next victim of suspension or expulsion was.

Said Cde Msipa: “My heart bleeds when I think of some of the finest brains that lost their lives to liberate this coun- try.”

At a Press conference on Monday, war veterans said civilians should not interfere with the security sector asking what crime they had committed that warranted public vilification.

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  • Zarura Zimbabgwe

    Sorojena watawura

  • Chief Legal Adviser

    Suspensions should be viewed as temporary procedure while the issue is being investigated. They can be reversed or if sustained then a vacancy is declared. That is normal in organizations. This why in companies a CEO or executive can put on suspension . If the allegation are unfounded, then justice will prevail. But as long as the suspensions are done constitutionally.

  • Mwana wevhu

    Ndizvo Bara


    Your comments do converge with my comments last week and l strongly feel we should be realistic on this subject without fear or favor. If indeed Zimbabweans are intelligent as we usually claim, we have to call a spade a spade.

    I said a few days ago that ZANU – PF is grappling with factionalism that never was because the succession struggle is merely manifesting itself as factionalism. The party is very united save for that one sticking point, namely succession in view of the advanced age of our beloved President.

    It is up to the President to help the party and nation to move forward by doing what Cde Fidel Castro did – namely to pass on the baton to the next generation of revolutionaries.

    Look fellows no one will ask the President to step down but all will express their support for him because the party membership is disciplined. But that does not stop all those supporting the President from acknowledging the fact that the same President is now aged and thus the reality that he needs to or will have to be succeeded by someone. His age is there for all and sundry to see.

    But what does the President think and say about his biological reality, is he willing to act like Fidel Castro or Nelson Mandela or he strongly believes that as long as he is alive he is the best person in Zimbabwe to lead the Party and the country?

    Obama at the AU recently said, it is not and it should not be about whether a person can be elected or not if he stood up for election but the onus is on a leader driven by love for their party and nation, to VOLUNTEER to step down or hand over the baton to another leader, and l add- a much younger and more energetic person.

  • Kuta Kinte

    I salute you Comrade Msipa for the noble, wise, elderly and patriotic gospel you have cast to the nation. Those who regard you as mad are the enemies of true Zimbabwe and they are they ones who are extremely mad and we should never give them space. Please never get tired of showering your wisdom especially at a time when it is most wanted and appropriate like NOW. As I highlighted in another article, some of our fighters including women, men and children died painfully such that we cannot betray them by selfishly concentrating on positions and showing each other unnecessary political muscles. I fully agree that what is happening now is an open embarrassment to the President who was being esteemed by many African academics, Pan Africanists and yet here some people want to waste our time on frivolous issues of tribalism, positions etc. The funny part of it is that all groups or individuals are making reference to respecting the President for whatever actions they are taking. Cde Msipa, my heart bleeds as well and everyone involved should heed your call to stop NOW.

    • Benjamin Burombo


      • Kuta Kinte

        Thanks brother. The whole nation tends to lose if we are not careful.

  • muchaka

    ko Msipa akatanga kutaura pakadzingwa vana Mai Mujuru maisazvinyora chiii chachinja nhai Herald. He said this several times and it was only covered by independant press imi muchiita kunge musingaoni. tinyararirei

    • Grace Jones

      Like you do not know there was change of management at the herald? Do not be asking rhetoric questions

  • patriot

    cde msipa,you never spoke out against corruption,murambatsvina and kalangas being branded uneducated,were those founding principles yu fought for?you just a tribalist who feels the presidency should come to the midlands

    • Kuta Kinte

      He (Cde Msipa) has played his part and iwe unozviti patriot ndiwe waideyi wakazvitaurawo. You cannot downplay his valued contribution in our presence. Thanks Cde Msipa.