War Veterans say fully behind Defence Forces bid to restore normalcy

Cde Matemadanda

Cde Matemadanda

Farirai Machivenyika, Harare Bureau
The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWA) fully supports the actions taken by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) to restore normalcy in the country’s social, political and economic life.

ZNLWVA secretary-general Cde Victor Matemadanda said this while addressing a press conference in Harare yesterday.

“The Constitution of Zimbabwe, unlike the Lancaster Constitution, was written by all the political parties of Zimbabwe, by all the people of Zimbabwe, including churches and all organisations. It’s a Constitution that represents the will of the people. It’s a Constitution that empowers the ZDF to take appropriate action to defend national sovereignty, security and human life. What Zimbabwe had been sliding into was a state of chaos and for that reason, war veterans here do stand by the ZDF, save for those that had been used by the G40 cabal,” Cde Matemadanda said.

He reiterated that there was no  military takeover in the country and  called on all political parties in the country to work together for the betterment of the people.

“When you are reporting, there is no military takeover; this is why we are calling on the Central Committee to do its duties, this why we say civil servants should continue with their duties and work. What we are saying is you should not align yourself with factions otherwise when that faction falls you will have nowhere to go,” said Cde Matemadanda.

“Let us be real because this war we are fighting is scientific. I have said all the political parties should embrace this; they should support this because we anticipate a situation after this that there would be inclusivity because no one person, no one political party can solve all our problems. So we want political convergence, we want people who are prepared to work together.

“I cannot add on what the Commander (Defence Forces) and (Major) General (Sibusiso) Moyo have said. We go along with all what they have said.

“There is no reason to panic; you have seen soldiers moving around, they are not talking to anyone, but don’t provoke them and on social media, don’t spread falsehoods that will cause unnecessary alarm among the public,” Cde Matemadanda said.

The ZDF, which has guaranteed the safety of the First Family, has assured the nation and the world that President Mugabe remains the leader of the country.

They have also said their actions were meant to bring to justice criminals around the President that were working to cause untold economic, social and political suffering among the generality of the citizens.

The military have promised that the situation would return to normal once they have accomplished their mission.

It also assured civil servants, the judiciary and the legislature that they would not be affected by the corrective measures they have taken.

In another development, Zanu-PF Youth League Secretary, Kudzanai Chipanga has apologised to the ZDF Commander, General Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga,  ZNA Commander Lieutenant Philip Valerio Sibanda, Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander, Marshal Perrence Shiri for the statement he made yesterday.

Chipanga said “ I was ill advised to read a document that was handed over to me by Rodney Dangarembizi at around 8:30AM yesterday. As a leader of the Zanu-PF Youth League I have since reflected and personally admitted that I erred together with my entire executive to denigrate your highest office.”

He said as the youths they were still young and make mistakes and they have since learnt a lot from their mistake.

“I have not been persuaded to offer myself to the State Media but I have personally reflected and realised my mistake, thank you,” said Chipanga.

He said he will seek audience with General Chiwenga and the army top brass to personally offer his apologies over his reckless utterances.

Pin It
  • msongelwa

    Your handlers Chipanga will live to regret where is ur mother Grace, you turned our country into one family ‘s property, no retreat to all armed personal and remove Mugabe now and we will come after to review what our constitution says coz he is the prime suspect of all this hardships our beloved country finds itself in, no development at instead they continue to loot every cent they see.

  • Jotham

    Now, this Dangarembizi fella must tell us who the author of document is. Is it Khandakhulu (Prof Sorobhangu)?

  • Dumakude

    Where is Xamu today, he never thought his father would fall…thina sijabulile namhlanje…

    • Citizen Public

      Nice one; guy! Thanks for the laugh! Now in answer to your question …. The new authorities are busy arresting those seen as loyal to the first family and G40. Xamu was probably caught in the net and could be whiling time in a pest infested cell at some military installation.

  • Njomane

    How foolish of you Chipanga, so you just read a document handed to you without thinking. The army must put you under house arrest too kkkkkk

  • Madhebhura

    May I please know the whereabouts of these goons-Sir Cool, George Mlala and Xamu?

    • Sonde

      All under house arrest or running faster than an average athlete. Allah loves this country. Allahu Akbar !!!

      • Essexvale

        Sonde – Tonde or whoever you really are; when did you decide to turn your coat around? As far as we know; just recently, you were so, so loyal to the first family and would not tolerate any criticism directed at it!

  • Kabius Kekedu

    Mufana wanga warashika kuita semombe!!!! You dont talk to soldiers as if you are talking to your peers. In West Africa they say: “A fly without an adviser follows the corpse into the grave.” Kufarisa. You are very lucky.

  • libertyatliberty

    Njabulo.libertyatliberty at gmail dot com.The reason why the army is still addressing Mugabe chief commander of the army and president of Zimbabwe ,its because they do not want to cause alarm of a coup to the international community.But ,this is befitting coup .And it must be accepted.Its over for the dictator.For how many years does he want to rule Zimbabwe.Out of 14 million people ,is he the only capable person to rule Zimbabwe?The answer is No!Its time Mr Matibili.You can now go back to Malawi your ancestors now want you there.

  • mabla

    “I was ill advised to read a document that was handed over to me”…
    who ill advised u, kkkkkkkkkk
    waratidza u stupidity hwako…

  • We r looters

    Good soldiers…hope other African soldiers learn from you…serving the interests of the nation state should supersede loyalty to despots, looters and the corrupt

  • Volcanic Eruption

    I thought he once said he was put there by Jesus and he will rule till Jesus comes and he will rule from the grave? I remember his wife saying the same thing as well. This is what you get when you play with the mighty lords name.

    We salute the army, but but where to from here? We are all trying to comprehend this tricky situation which still remains very tricky. Where are all those guys who were scalding the southerners all the time?

    I do not see nor recognize any of them on this platform in the last three days?