Tshinga Dube rips into Mlala

Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube addresses war veterans at Stanley Square in Bulawayo yesterday

Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube addresses war veterans at Stanley Square in Bulawayo yesterday

Mashudu Netsianda & Danisa Masuku, Chronicle Reporters
The leadership of a war veterans faction led by Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Mandiitawepi Chimene is an enemy of Zanu-PF and the liberation struggle, the Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Political Detainees and Restrictees, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube said yesterday.

Addressing hundreds of war veterans at Stanley Square in Bulawayo’s Makokoba suburb yesterday, Rtd Col Tshinga said Cde Chimene’s deputy Cde George Mlala was a “corrupt thief of the highest order and the devil’s incarnate.”

He alleged Cde Mlala was extorting cash from a businessman in the city for “protection” and externalising much needed foreign currency.

Rtd Col Tshinga scoffed at Cde Chimene’s group, saying his ministry did not recognise the faction because it was not elected.

“The faction led by Cdes Mandi Chimene and George Mlala mobilised people and transported them to Harare where they even booked street kids at Rainbow Towers Hotel so that they demonstrate against me on false claims that I insulted the President. They elected themselves as war veterans and now they are fighting me because I refused to recognise their faction,” he said.

The emotionally charged minister took a swipe at Cde Mlala, saying he was a mercenary and enemy of Zanu-PF working towards destroying the party.

“He (Cde Mlala) is working against the party and war veterans. He is destroying the party in Bulawayo and he even had the guts to impose himself as the party’s provincial secretary of security yet we know how corrupt he is. He is a thief of the highest order and a devil incarnate. There is only one war veterans association in the country not this group led by Cdes Chimene and Mlala,” he said.

“If you want to form your own association, you can go ahead and do that. We don’t want mercenaries.”

Early this month war veterans from the Cde Chimene faction held a meeting at the Zanu-PF’s Bulawayo provincial headquarters Davies Hall where they demanded the ouster of Rtd Col Dube from Government after he said President Mugabe should either groom or name a successor.

There was commotion and near skirmishes as war veterans from Cde Chimene faction “passed a vote of no confidence” against Rtd Col Tshinga Dube.

At one time proceedings were disrupted after a group of youths led by Cde Magura Charumbira stormed the hall. The youths later fled after the tyres of the car they were travelling in were deflated.

The war veterans said Rtd Col Dube did not deserve to be a minister representing them after he said President Mugabe should name a successor. President Mugabe has since engaged Rtd Col Dube and made it clear that only the Zanu-PF congress had the responsibility of electing the party leader.

Rtd Col Dube, speaking at Stanley Square yesterday, accused Cde Mlala of working in cahoots with a Pakistani businessman in Bulawayo to externalise foreign currency.

“He is working with a Pakistan businessman who owns a company that smuggles and packages rice, mealie-meal which is rotten. They then externalise profits to Pakistan through Botswana.

“I have documents, which reveal all these corrupt tendencies. In October 2014, the Pakistani businessman externalised $4 million and Mlala approached him and he was given $30 000 protection fee. Uyahamba ayethatha imali okuthiwa yokuvala umphumelo. Uyenza into zokuganga lo ndoda (He takes protection money. This man is corrupt),” he said.

He dared Cde Mlala to challenge him on the allegations, saying he would meet him in court with the evidence.

Rtd Col Dube said although war veterans’ leader Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa was expelled from the Government and party, he remained the national chairman of the war veterans association.

“This faction led by Cde Chimene is accusing me of working with Cde Mutsvangwa. I am not the one who elected him but it is them through their congress.

It is not my ministry which chooses the leadership of war veterans.

“President Mugabe did not kick Cde Mutsvangwa from his position in the war veterans association and if you don’t want him use the proper channels just like what you did when you removed Jabulani Sibanda,” he said.

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  • Mthwakazi

    The only person pitting people against each other is Mgabe. He is getting a kick out of this tug of war. He plays factions and watch as people bring each other to the wall.

  • Brutal Truth

    Shut up Tshinga Dube,You top the list of thieves in Zanu PF.If you continue being a loudmouth we will soon humble you & tell the country how you siphoned diamonds from Marange & smuggled them out of the country using your son as a front & blew the money in gambling at Africabet & bingeing expensive whiskeys.Sit down old man,your glory is just borrowed

    • Joy

      Is your real name Mlala?

  • mtshayazabhotshe

    lucky Tshinga ..you ask the goblin to choose a successor and he only ‘engages’ you ?many of your comrades have been fired for the same….ulomuthi ndodemnyama!

  • Mugavimbi_Naledi

    sure indebele lingazawumana ngeZanu koByo …. iZanu!!!

    • Sakhiseni Pulane Ntombela

      Wake up from your slumber, it’s not a game anymore. It’s now not a Ndebele thing, it’s about knowing where your Bread is buttered. Look at those who were wise enough to realise that holding on to being a Ndebele doesn’t reward, the likes of Obert Mpofu. He now owns half of Bulawayo, Anchor House and York House being some of his properties. Wena on the other hand, what do you own ngobu Ndebele bakho. You don’t have anything ufana lo ntulo nje owothamela ilanga. Wake up!! Wake up!! Know the battles worth fighting. You’ll live a miserable life of lack and die a pauper. Abantu bekhula iyimali behlanganisa ukuze ungcwatshwe wena saka liyatsha!!

      • Demba

        So in your opinion all Zimbabweans must be corrupt?

      • Ntulo

        Sawubona MakhosiXamu.

      • Gugu

        Xamu or Xhamu as you used to call yourself you have now changed your name.we can see through you.

        • Sakhiseni Pulane Ntombela

          Call me whatever you want, call me Xamu, Rod Strickland, Mthwakazi is a non existent state, Mairos Chibhanguza, Nomsebenzi Magagula and the many alter egos you can think of. The bottom line is let’s fight the battles that benefit us. At least if your pocket is bulging then you’re cool, even it means you dance with the enemy.

  • zeeeee

    Zita ra george mlala ndi George Talu Nyathi,ndiro zita ririmu ID make.

  • sazizkhwama

    TSHINGA DUBE is an old song, nobody dances to you anymore. SHUTUP successionist