War vets, Mugabe split could get messyFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – BELEAGURED President Robert Mugabe and liberation war veterans appear headed for a physical confrontation after the freedom fighters threatened to invade farms they helped him forcibly take over some 16 years ago.
The plans by the disgruntled ex-combatants to invade the farms of Mugabe and other Zanu (PF) leaders is the latest twist in the strained relations between Mugabe and the veterans, who last week publicly withdrew their support of the 92-year-old and asked him to step down.
The stance by the veterans in defiance of Mugabe tasking his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and Zanu (PF) national commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, embarked on a witch-hunt to identify the ringleaders of the war veterans’ withdrawal of his support ahead of the watershed 2018 elections.
Kasukuwere had warned the errant war veterans to abandon their position, accusing them of indiscipline and calling their behavior “unacceptable.”
The ex-combatants hit back.
“We are not scared of Mugabe,” said Muzavaze Machimbirike, one of the leaders of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association.
“We will not be intimidated by anyone, let alone the military, police and intelligence because we speak the truth that is hampering economic boom.”
Ironically, the veterans of the 1970s liberation war led a violent campaign, which began in 2000, to drive mostly white commercial farmers off Zimbabwe’s prime land.
Most of the land ended in the hands Mugabe, cronies and other politically-connected individuals.
This has been blamed for incessant food shortages over the years.
– CAJ News
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