War vets vow to block Mugabe dynasty

War vets, Mugabe split could get messy

War vets, Mugabe split could get messy

From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe

HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE liberation war veterans have condemned alleged plots by President Robert Mugabe and some factions in the ruling Zanu-PF to install his wife, Grace, as his successor.
The sentiments by the veterans of the 1970s struggle echoes concern by many that the increasingly popular first lady was creating a Mugabe dynasty.
Mugabe this weekend refused to name a successor, further rasing concern he was positioning his wife to take over.
War veterans leader, Christopher Mutsvangwa, said the former freedom fighters would challenge such moves.
“When executive authority is abused, as is happening, a constitutional republic like Zimbabwe can use impeachment, elections, or even votes of no-confidence against the monarchists and oligarchists in the G40, who are pushing for a dynasty,” Mutsvangwa said.
The G40 (Generation 40) consists of younger Zanu-PF politicians believed
to be working against the possibility of deputy president Emmerson  Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe.
It is reportedly backing Mrs Mugabe.
“We will campaign and support such moves if this mischief continues. The constitution has a gamut of provisions to address all types of executive abuse of office including dereliction of duty.”,” Mutswangwa said.
The war vets leader, who is suspended from Zanu-PF as the factionalism intensifies, bemoaned the rising influence of the controversial first lady.
“President Mugabe is gravitating towards dictatorial tendencies, including allowing his wife to make illegal pronouncements on issues in the courts of law,” Mutswangwa said.
Relations between Mugabe and the war veterans have fractured.
They have broken ranks with the ruling party and refused to endorse Mugabe as the candidate for the elections scheduled for 2018.
The veterans that fought British colonialism, paving way for independence in 1980, are accused of aiding Mugabe’s stranglehold on power through violence against opposition supporters.
CAJ News

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