War vets reaffirm unconditional support for President

Rtd Col Dube

Rtd Col Dube

Samantha Chigogo Herald Correspondent
War veterans have reaffirmed their unconditional support for President Mugabe, saying individual opinions by a few members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) should not be viewed as the national position of all freedom fighters.

They also said they would not be pressured to follow unconstitutional means to remove ZNLWVA chairman Mr Christopher Mutsvangwa from his post.

Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister and zanu-pf Central Committee member Cde Mandi Chimene claims to be the leader of the ZNLWVA despite a High Court order interdicting her from doing so.

Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Political Detainees and Restrictees Minister Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube said individual opinions against President Mugabe were inconsequential.

“With regards to some war veterans that individually come out speaking ill of President Mugabe, I believe an individual’s opinion cannot be the opinion of all the war veterans.

“If you want to find out the truth, ask from other war veterans and they will definitely tell you where their support lies.

“Everyone is entitled to his opinion, but that should not be interpreted as a blanket opinion. There are many war veterans loyal to the President and they continue to be. Therefore, I don’t think it is right to hear something from one who claims to be a war veteran and paint it on all of us.”

His remarks followed media reports quoting members of the Mutsvangwa-led executive alleging that war veterans would not support President Mugabe in next year’s harmonised elections.

Rtd Col Dube said power struggles in the war veterans’ association were interfering with their work and said efforts were underway to unite the freedom fighters.

“We don’t recognise the leadership wrangle,” said Col Dube.

“What we have always said is that we respect the Constitution. Every organisation has one, so the war vets have their constitution from which they choose their leadership and those who choose themselves, we don’t respect them,” he said.

“We have to follow procedures and the constitution. We have such characters that just come up and appoint themselves as the chairman. No. We do not accept that. What we have said is that we recognise those who were elected in Masvingo.”

Rtd Col Dube said although Mr Mutsvangwa and members of his executive were expelled from the party, they were not dismissed by their war veterans constituency.

Said Rtd Col Dube: “We did not elect Mutsvangwa to be the chairman of the war veterans, so the rightful people to kick him out are the war veterans themselves.”


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  • yowe

    Murume akanyangara uyu

    • Aljezeera-Alshabab

      It’s not a real current photo of Dube but a drawing from a grade 1 pupil aspiring to be a cartoonist.

  • Gushungo WekuGP

    Us the genuine war veterans have expressed our unconditional support for our president comrade Mutsvangwa, so when he speaks he still has a mandate from us.

  • Gamba ReManyika

    Prof the only time you mentioned MDC in your post is when you were referring to the welfare of war vets. Now I see why everyone else should suffer in this country. It’s about the “welfare” of about 35,000 people who liberated this country ‘alone’, heh? I would not expect such myopic thinking from a respected cadre like you cde. War veterans should think of a bigger constituency called Zimbabwe rather than a small subset called war vets. Indeed, Zim needs protection from reactionary and neo-colonial forces but certainly not by a small group of ageing war veterans comprising you. myself and a few others. The ethos must be embedded in everyone, including our youth who are bent of selling out the soul of the country. If we talk about Zim, we will all come together but if we raise the banner of wart vets’ welfare, we are doomed cde becoz already pane vari kudya nechakare. So our welfare falls out comrade – Zim welfare first. The same way we did it during our days in the bush comrade. Musarasise vana!

  • titusO

    No I ddn’t but it is undeniable, the man looks like a hippo that’s just berthed. I feel like he breathes very loudly.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Thanks for the debate. Yes, I mean the generality of Zimbabweans who as the majority voters have voted for our party ZANU PF over the years since 1980. Indeed they abhor corruption and any economic debauchery in our motherland,which by no means is what we fought for. Agreed! As a beneficiary of the land reform,with an A1 plot in Goromonzi district, I dont consider that a crumbs! I never aspired to be a big commercial farmer,given my understanding of the type of business risks in farming and my advanced age, as a trained economist. I believe the povo ,like all of us yearn for eradication of corruption and any impediments against our economic welfare. The emotional national debate on our economic hardships and political finger pointing will not create the necessary introspection platform in respect of the causality equation. Some of you enjoy down playing the issue of sanctions, among other factors, in the causality equation just to score political capital and mislead the naive and myopic.

  • yowe

    chakashata chakashata

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    My foot! Why do you think those who don`t share your foolish views are fake? What do you mean by fake. Today we talk of thinking outside the box? Does that mean anything to you , a poorly educated fellow? Next time I meet you I will make sure I trim your beard to change your name. Kkkkkkk! You read the Bible and it tells you women should not speak in church. When you see a women pastor you cry oh fake. Get real. Things can change in human social dynamics or evolution. If two lawyers come out with differing opinions it does not mean one if fake , you simpleton!