Vets’ defiance biggest threat to Mugabe’s grip
from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE ruling Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu) Patriotic Front (PF) is threatening to expel veterans of the 1970s struggle from the party in the latest twist to the tensions President Robert Mugabe’s party and the veterans.
On Monday, Mugabe and his leadership summoned all the country’s ten provincial chairpersons to the capital Harare for an emergency meeting to diffuse tension posed by war veterans withdrawing their support of his candidature for elections set for 2018.
The veteran leader has threatened to expel the former freedom fighters from the ruling party.
National political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, women’s league deputy secretary, Eunice Sandi-Moyo, and youth league deputy secretary, Kudzanai Chipanga, hit back on war veterans, threatening to take away their farms grabbed during the chaotic land reform programme.
Kasukuwere slammed the veterans for drafting the document they made public demanding the resignation of Mugabe.
“We condemn in the strongest of terms the reckless statement (by war veterans) including those who authored this treasonous document,” he said.
Kasukuwere threatened government would take farms of all outspoken veterans and allocate to “loyal Zanu PF youths.”
The liberation veterans have scoffed at such threats insisting they would not be expelled from the party they helped form in 1963.
Zanu (PF) is beset by its worst crisis in years over a successor to Mugabe.
– CAJ News
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