Rogue war vets put on notice

Thousands of Zanu-PF supporters from the country’s 10 provinces gathered at the party’s national headquarters  in Harare yesterday for a solidarity rally in support of First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe and President Mugabe

Thousands of Zanu-PF supporters from the country’s 10 provinces gathered at the party’s national headquarters in Harare yesterday for a solidarity rally in support of First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe and President Mugabe

Farirai Machivenyika and Felex Share
THE handful of war veterans insulting the First Family do not represent the sentiment of the generality of war veterans and Zanu-PF structures will not stand by and watch the unwarranted abuse.

“Do not paint all the war veterans with the same brush,” Zanu-PF Secretary for Adminstration Cde Chombo said.

“There are individuals who are unbecoming and trouble-makers but the majority respect the party and we work with them well. Those T-shirts insulting the First Lady that you see are not the work of war veterans but a few individuals. It is the duty of the police to deal with those that denigrate the person of the President. That is why you have seen in recent weeks some of them being arrested.”

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Cde Chombo was addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters gathered at the revolutionary party’s national headquarters in Harare for a solidarity march organised by a group of war veterans led by Cdes Mandi Chimene and George Mlala yesterday

The rally was in solidarity with the First Lady Dr Amai Grace Mugabe following a barrage of insults she is receiving from a section of war veterans led by Mr Chris Mutsvangwa, who has since been expelled from Zanu-PF.

Addreasing the same gathering, Cde Chimene said it was disheartening that despite the training they received during the liberation struggle, some war veterans were disrespecting the party leadership.

“Despite the education and difficulties we went through, it seems some of us came out half-baked and are now betraying the struggle,” she said.

“What they should know, however, is we will tell them in their faces where they are going wrong. I personally am not afraid to tell them because I see myself as legion.”

She described the First Lady as a war veteran in her own right as she was looking after the President.

“She has humbled herself despite the fact that she did not go to war because she was young,” Cde Chimene said.

“She is a war veteran by association because she is looking after our father.”

Zanu-PF Youth League Secretary Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga said they would not watch while the First Lady is being denigrated.

“As the Youth League whenever the name of President Mugabe and Amai is mentioned count us in because we are their children,” he said. “We do not have any other leader other than them. We won’t hesitate to deal with anyone who insults the President and First Lady.”

Speaking on behalf of the Women’s League, the wing’s secretary for administration, Cde Leticia Undenge said: “We do not want people who speak ill of our mother. Baba is a respected international leader because he has an intelligent woman behind him. She is involved in philanthropic work assisting many of us.”

She said those harbouring Presidential ambitions were dreaming.

“Come 2018, President Mugabe will be in the office and no one else,” she said.

“The war veterans who are insulting the First Family are doing so because there are some who are dreaming to rule. That will be impossible.”

Cde Chombo urged Zanu-PF supporters to turn the enthusiasm they are showing in attending rallies into votes and ensure a crushing victory for the ruling party in next year’s harmonised elections.

Yesterday’s gathering testified to Zanu-PF’s mobilisation capacity and vindicated projections by think-tanks and analysts that another runaway victory was on the cards for the revolutionary party come 2018.

War veterans, youths and women turned Zanu-PF headquarters into a sea of green and yellow as they sang revolutionary songs in support of the First Family.

Cde Chombo said the bumper crowds being witnessed at rallies should translate into votes.

“Our constitution stipulates that every five years we go for elections,” he said.

“Next year, we would have reached five years as a Government. We must go for elections for people to choose their leaders. If we like the President and the First Lady as we have shown today, let’s take this enthusiasm and energy back to the provinces and deliver an overwhelming victory next year. The President and the First Lady would be very happy indeed,” he said.

The solidarity rally was also attended by Cabinet ministers and legislators.

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  • Mugabeism

    If you insult our future President you expell yourself from ZANU-PF. It is cold out there.

    • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

      It’s as simple as that. Thanks.

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    So says the looter in chief defending a known felon. This country is an embarrassment really. Kutonyara kunzi Zimbo with these Zanuoids outperforming each other at clowning

  • eliah

    Mandi according to Gen Guvheya you did not participate actively in the war and it is rather reckless to say that someone married to a war vet automatically qualifies for this prestigious title, lets use our brains when we address gatherings.
    Where was the Minister of these gallant fighters yesterday anyway?

    • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

      Akanga ari chimbwido uyu. Imbanje chete idzi…

  • zimbotry

    Grace has proved by her actions she is no leader. Seizing land, violence and abuse of powers. More of the same rot our country does not need

    • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

      Every leader has his or her own weakness. But of course i have my own reservations on her becoming the next president, but there is nothing wrong about her contesting…let her contest, if she wins, then she becomes the next leader. it’s a game of numbers. No everyone likes the husband either, but he is the President! For 37 good years for that matter anyway!

      • zimbotry

        Why would we ever elect a person who stands to be arrested if she visits one of our closest trading partners?

  • Gushungo WekuGP

    Genuine war veterans will not be threatened and cowed into silence by youth with milk on their noses.

  • Butholezwe

    It is clear to everyone with an IQ above that of an imbecile, delusional Mandi Chimene’s extremely small breakaway minority faction of alleged warvets, in no way reflects the views of the vast mainstream majority of true warvets and their opinions happy under the legitimate leadership of Chris Mutsvangwa. In fact the High Court has interdicted Chimene from masquerading as any sort of ZNLWVA leader, or making any statements on behalf of or claiming to to represent true majority ZNLWVA warvets.

  • Reuben Mukondiwa

    Saka munoda kuti mawar vets ayo amurikutukitira arambe akanyarara kana pane zvisiri kuvaitira?Haa ibvai apo mhani imi.Ndihwo hudzvinyiriri ihwohwo hwekuti kana munhu anemaconcerns ake akakuudzai mavakumuti ava mupanduki..Nxaaaa..These war vets have concerns that you must adress as a Gvt kwete kuvaignowa.They have right to complain kana panezvamuri kuvanyon’onyora..Get away

  • Gary WekuZviyambe

    Grace is now a war veteran because she looks after a 93 year old? hahahahahahahaha. This means we are all war veterans, having looked after our old grandparents!

    • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

      Ana Gary…waswera seiko nhasi?

  • Gamba ReManyika

    When it started with Joice we said ‘guys let’s stick to principles, rather than personalities’. Some of our Cdes didn’t want to take that advice because they thought by ditching certain comrades, it would pave way for them to climb, climb and climb. We lost it then and some of us retired to the terraces and here we are now. Shall we say the era of the war veteran is long gone, the sun has set and a new era, devoid of liberation ethos and grounded ideology, is now taking over? I think so. But I will take solace in the fact that I did my best for my country and never stole anything that belonged to the public. I will die a peaceful patriot. Ndini Gamba ReManyika, apoooo paChief Tangwena.

  • Pastor Farie

    This is getting interesting.

  • chimuti chimudhongoti

    we are tired of this mugabeisms..we no longer want anything to do with a name”mugabe”…kuda kutogadzanha nhaka..inyika yekwamugabe here ino iyi…

  • Tamuka

    Zvana **Lee taneta nazvo izvi, vanhu ngavakure mhani nxaa…

  • Umfansimbi

    It is becoming interesting :”our mother looking after our grandfather”.Youth from all over the country hope they have been absorbed as youth officers!

  • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

    Which is normal. Just shows the privately owned press, known for supporting the opposition parties have lost the war.

  • sarah Mahoka

    why use the wrong crowd for this story. THe crowd was much smaller. Herald please use the correct picture. We are not stupid

  • Idiot

    Zvimbwasungata, isu naGire taitonwa tea. Kutoshama kuti matadza kuswerotsvagira vana zvekudya here, kana kuforera mari kubank?Kungowungana muhara, Apa Cash Hamuna.

  • Tsivo

    Was the solidarity rally not about what happened in SA?