ZDF okays war veterans’ rally

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association chairperson Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa (centre) addresses a press conference flanked by former Minister of Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube (right) and Douglas Mahiya in Harare yesterday. — Picture by Shelton Muchena

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association chairperson Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa (centre) addresses a press conference flanked by former Minister of Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube (right) and Douglas Mahiya in Harare yesterday. — Picture by Shelton Muchena

Herald Reporters—
THE Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and the Zimbabwe Republic Police yesterday cleared a rally by citizens across the political divide led by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association against President Mugabe’s continued stay in office as they urged the public to be peaceful and orderly. In a statement yesterday, the ZDF urged members of the public to be orderly and peaceful, and exercise their rights within the confines of the country’s Constitution when they attend the rally scheduled for the historic Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield, Harare,

The end of an era . . . Dr Grace Mugabe

The end of an era . . . Dr Grace Mugabe

“Resonating with one of our operational thrusts relating to freedom of expression and movement, we have been approached by numerous Private Volunteer Organisations (PVOs) seeking to freely move and express their desires, one of such being a solidarity march planned for Harare Grounds, Highfield, on November 18, 2017.

“We wish to advise the nation that for as long as the planned march remains orderly, peaceful and in tandem with the fundamental Bill of Rights and within the confines of our Constitution and without hate speech and incitement to cause violence, we fully support the march,” said ZDF. The ZDF also said steady progress had been made and that there had been no variation at all from the ZDF’s original objectives to weed out criminal elements around President Mugabe.

Sullen . . . Dr Grace Mugabe

Sullen . . . Dr Grace Mugabe

“Contrary to certain media reports which we believe are being generated by some of the culprits we are yet to apprehend, we further advise that the operation remains solid. Therefore, the nation is requested to be patient. Meanwhile, we commend the business communities who have responded overwhelmingly to a call to normalise socio-economic effects to our people by adopting realistic prices. We therefore wish to express our solidarity and a drive towards a peaceful, united, investor-friendly and prosperous Zimbabwe. Let us all make it happen,” read the statement.

The ZRP, on the other hand, cleared the ZNLWVA rally at Zimbabwe Grounds. A letter from Officer Commanding Harare South District Chief Superintendent Nyaumwe said they had enough personnel to provide security at the event and urged the organisers of the event to provide mobile toilets for people attending the rally.

The ZNLWA today holds a rally at Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare to call for the resignation of President Mugabe following the intervention by the military to weed out corrupt elements in the party and the Government it informs. The ZDF intervened on Tuesday to weed out corrupt elements behind the political and socio-economic challenges confronting the nation.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, ZNLWVA chairman Cde Chris Mutsvangwa urged President Mugabe to leave office immediately.

“We are there to rekindle hope for Zimbabweans that is what we are here for and from a very practical angle he makes a decision today to leave, it is upon him to make it and his wife under the terms which he should negotiate with the Generals. Tomorrow (Saturday) is different, we have a rally which we had long in planning, it is there tomorrow starting in the morning at Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield.

“We are appealing to the population of Zimbabwe to come to that rally. He used to go around with his insulting rallies which he called ‘interfaces’ were the wife was carrying out diatribes one rally after the other was an occasion of diatribes and other insults left, right and centre. He thought he had people. Tomorrow he is going to see who has the people. So we are appealing to all Zimbabweans tomorrow to come to Zimbabwe Grounds,” he said.

Cde Mutsvangwa urged President Mugabe to urgently pack his bags. “I hope by the time the multitude which is coming tomorrow has gathered, he would have made his decision of accepting the terms of quickly leaving the country. If he does not, then we will settle the scores tomorrow. There is no constituency in Zimbabwe more sovereign than the people of Zimbabwe and this is the constituency which Sadc will respect because their decision on the ground is final,” said Cde Mutsvangwa.

Cde Mutsvangwa said the rally was non-partisan, adding people should not come wearing party regalia. He urged the President to leave in line with conditions set by the ZDF to prevent further plunder of the country’s resources. The war veterans leader called for peace during today’s rally.

“We are appealing to the people who are coming tomorrow, we want Zimbabweans to be as disciplined as they always have been – legendary discipline, no violence, no looting. We just want to show who we are and the direction will come from there. We want marshals who will make sure that this is organised.

“The way our army has carried out this judicious military intervention that is exactly what we want tomorrow. You must take example from the way the ZNA are doing their things, discipline tomorrow,” he said. Cde Mutsvangwa thanked Zimbabweans for the manner they have conducted themselves since the ZDF’s intervention.

“I want to salute the population of Zimbabwe, you have remained disciplined, and people thought that you were docile, you are not docile. You suffered so much. You are very measured in your analysis of risk but once you go beyond a certain point with the Zimbabwe population they will make you answer the bill. Between now and tomorrow we are giving a stark warning to (President) Mugabe, his wife and anybody willing to associate with him that the game is done, it is finished. We won’t allow this to go further,” he said.

Meanwhile, Zanu-PF Manicaland Province was yesterday mobilising buses to transport people to attend the rally. The province expects to use 10 buses.

 List of Speakers for the Solidarity March

GUEST OF HONOUR: Professor SIMBI MUBAKO

1. Traditional Leaders
2. Churches
3. Civil Society
4. Legal Fraternity
5. Business Community Representatives
6. Political Party Representatives
7. Student Community
8. Workers
9. War Veterans, War Collaborators, War Restrictees
10. Civil Servants
11. Farmers
12. Media
13. Doctors and Nurses
14. Youth
15. Women

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  • James Ndemera

    tears feel my eyes. i really wish i could attend this event….ED you will forever be a hero…

  • Mujokochera Wamujokochera

    There you are Gucci Grace! This was always coming, wasn’t it? A big thank you for getting us to this, but honestly we won’t miss you. Good riddance!

  • Maplot Mangamela

    Rtd Col Dube is back and Mr Mutsvangwa is now Cde Mutsvangwa, kkkkkkkk! I like this.

  • shiku

    This Mustvangwa guy’s tongue is poisonous, he should learn to give only the necessary information and nothing else.

  • Bererashama

    Effects of the arrest of Police Commissioner Chihuri seem be be trickling down into the Police force rank and file. Let’s see if the same largess and celerity will be accorded when other organisations and opposition parties seek permission for their rallies.

  • shiku

    Mutsvangwa, you can learn a lot from EDM. Insulting Mugabe doesn’t earn you any respect at all. Also, the details of your mission in South Africa was not for public consumption. In effect you are implicating the South Africans’ in the developments in Zimbabwe. It would be wise for EDM to leave you out of any important government assignments, otherwise you could be his undoing.

  • Sandura1

    Zvapera. Hard talking Mutsvangwa. He is a Zanu PF hardliner but I like him, I like his eloquence. Ndiwo magamba nana Colonel Tshinga,

  • Sandura1

    May the generals please take care of their own security. They are so delicate now’, especially the top 3. We don’t want another Tongogara scenario where the party was spoilt in the last minute. Please ,please. move with caution, there are devils out there.

  • Reuben Mukondiwa

    Great job.Chakanaka chinotendwawo.The army has managed go instigate the whole thing that was failed by several people for years.We say thank you thank you again ZDF.

  • Juzi

    Itai VaChipanga vataure paYouth apo kkkkkk

  • G Tichatonga

    ZANU PF will forever regret this very act.

  • G Tichatonga

    Let us see about that children of Israel.

  • G Tichatonga

    They said that even as Jesus was murdered. The sun has not come out today….has it?

  • G Tichatonga

    They will regret this you will see. If RGM is unpopular, allow him to call for his own March.

  • Ian Douglas Smith

    No thanks, you’re on your own now!