War vets call for President’s resignation

Cde Chris Mutsvangwa

Cde Chris Mutsvangwa

Farirai Machivenyika, Harare Bureau
The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association will today hold a rally at Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare to call for the resignation of President Mugabe following the intervention by the military to weed out corrupt elements in Government.

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces intervened on Tuesday to weed out corrupt elements that were causing political and socio-economic challenges confronting the nation.

Addressing a Press conference yesterday, ZNLWVA chairman Cde Chris Mutsvangwa urged the President to leave office immediately.

“We are there to rekindle hope for Zimbabweans.  That is what we are here for and from a very practical angle he makes a decision today to leave, it is upon him to make it and his wife under the terms which he should negotiate with the Generals. Tomorrow is different, we have a rally which we had long in planning.  It is there tomorrow starting in the morning at Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield.

“We are appealing to the population of Zimbabwe to come to that rally. He used to go around with his insulting rallies which he called interface where his wife was carrying out diatribes one rally after the other, it was an occasion of diatribes and other insults left, right and centre. He thought he had people.

Tomorrow he is going to see who has the people. So we are appealing to all Zimbabweans tomorrow to come to Zimbabwe Grounds,” he said.

Cde Mutsvangwa urged President Mugabe to urgently pack his bags.

“I hope by the time the multitude which is coming tomorrow has gathered, he would have made his decision of accepting the terms of quickly leaving the country. If he does not, we will settle the scores tomorrow. Repeat, If he does not then, we will settle the scores tomorrow. There is no constituency in Zimbabwe more sovereign than the people of Zimbabwe and this is the constituency which Sadc will respect because their decision on the ground is final,” said Cde Mutsvangwa.

He said the rally was non-partisan adding people should not come wearing party regalia.

He urged the President to leave in line with conditions set by the ZDF to prevent further plunder of the country’s resources.

“We are giving an ultimatum to (President) Mugabe.  This pretence that things are normal going to Zimbabwe Open University and capping people, it’s pretence we won’t accept it, it’s finished. He has to make a decision along the diplomacy being given by Sadc to promptly leave office, that is all we want.

He must leave office still under the terms of the uniformed guys because they are there to protect governments.

“We the war veterans we are there to change things and this is the time for change. We are on the same page with the people of Zimbabwe who have suffered 15 to 20 years of abject economic neglect which has now morphed into plunder of a kleptocratic nature of avarice, avarice unlimited by (First Lady) Grace and her cohorts. So we are there to put an end to that and create hope for the younger generation that is why we are here to create hope for Zimbabwe,” Cde Mutsvangwa said.

The war veterans leader called for peace during today’s rally.

“We are appealing to the people who are coming tomorrow, we want Zimbabweans to be as disciplined as they always have been, legendary discipline, no violence, no looting. We just want to show who we are and the direction will come from there. We want marshals who will make sure that this is organised.

“The way our army has carried out this judicious military intervention, that is exactly what we want tomorrow. You must take example from the way the ZNA are doing their things, discipline tomorrow,” he said.

Cde Mutsvangwa thanked Zimbabweans for the manner they conducted themselves since the ZDF’s intervention.

“I want to salute the population of Zimbabwe, you have remained disciplined, and people thought that you were docile, you are not docile. You suffered so much. You are very measured in your analysis of risk but once you go beyond a certain point with the Zimbabwe population they will make you answer the bill.

“Between now and tomorrow we are giving a stark warning to Mugabe, his wife and anybody willing to associate with him that the game is done, it is finished. We won’t allow this to go further,” he said.

Meanwhile, Zanu-PF Manicaland Province was yesterday mobilising buses to transport people to attend the rally.

The province expects to use 10 buses.

The ZRP on the other hand cleared the ZNLWVA rally at Zimbabwe Grounds.

A letter from Officer Commanding Harare South District Chief Superintendent Nyaumwe said they had enough personnel to provide security at the event and urged the organisers of the event to provide mobile toilets for people attending the rally.

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  • Vumani

    The so called war vets should not be given too much power some are malcontents which were fired for indiscipline Mutsvagwa has history of extorting money from American businessmen through his dubious consultation company & criminal charges in Botswana for defrauding a post office, Brighton Matonga invaded a farm which is now derelict with his British wife. People should not allow themselves to be led by criminals we all want Mugabe as of yesterday but there are more upright activists who can lead these marches these criminals will start dictating who the want to lead the interim government & are driving a Lacoste agenda it’s a dangerous they will be expecting some sort of repayment at the end of it no disrespect to their contribution during the liberation struggle but there are some dodgy characters.

    • Doctor Do little

      A good summation. I think events of the past few days have overtaken everybody. Come gather around people
      Wherever you roam
      And admit that the waters
      Around you have grown
      And accept it that soon
      You’ll be drenched to the bone
      And if your breath to you is worth saving
      Then you better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone
      For the times they are a-changing
      Come writers and critics
      Who prophesize with your pen
      And keep your eyes wide
      The chance won’t come again
      And don’t speak too soon
      For the wheel’s still in spin
      And there’s no telling who that it’s naming
      For the loser now will be later to win
      Cause the times they are a-changing
      Come senators, congressmen
      Please heed the call
      Don’t stand in the doorway
      Don’t block up the hall
      For he that gets hurt
      Will be he who has stalled
      There’s the battle outside raging
      It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
      For the times they are a-changing
      Come mothers and fathers
      Throughout the land
      And don’t criticize
      What you can’t understand
      Your sons and your daughters
      Are beyond your command
      Your old road is rapidly aging
      Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand
      Cause the times they are a-changing
      The line it is drawn
      The curse it is cast
      The slowest now
      Will later be fast
      As the present now
      Will later be past
      The order is rapidly fading
      And the first one now will later be last
      Cause the times they are a-changing

      Bob Dylan

      • Cetshwayo kaGodlwayo Original

        Respect us and respect yourself also, in this your way of stifling debate like you always do. Writing a never ending piece of nonsense. Why are you an enemy of the people always wanting to oppose anything good for the people wena Mdidiwakho. Grow up mani shiti yomuntu. Don’t plant divisions amongst people wena SAKALIYATSHA !!

        • Doctor Do little

          Oh shut up you fool. Stop using other peoples names.

        • Doctor Do little

          By the way who is us?

        • Nsukwini

          Wena mgodoyi stop speaking for other people uyezwa. Speak for yourself.

        • Jofa

          Awudinwa yikumukulwa wena lema? Who asked you to represent others? Utshonukuluma umsuzo nsukuzonke. Umlomo usunuka ikaka. Hlonipa abanye labo bazaku hlonipa wena Ntwala.

        • Jim Jones

          KKKK Roddy you put you foot in it now didn’t you.? KKKKKK The called you a louse or is it lice?

        • Simon

          Wy do you always talk about imdidi wena . Are you Gay or what?

      • Nsukwini

        I like that song Doc. It is rel event now as it was relevant then. Don’t worry about utitisi lowu. He knows he is near to lose his job. I know I am not one of the “us” he is talking about and I know you have been praying for this day. Little Roddy is a dog with no teeth.

    • Cetshwayo kaGodlwayo Original

      Good thing you just a piece of shiti with no influence. This is the wrong time to plant divisions. Mutsvanga has & Chiwenga have achieved what your so called heroes failed and would have never achieved in a lifetime. Your heroes where outwitted into Political Asssylum by RGM, yet these guys are on the brink of removing RGM and you want to vilify them. MDIDIKANYOKO WENA MNTANEWULE SHITI YOMUNTU.

  • thabani ndlovu

    As Christ Mutsvangwa and Jabulani Sibanda always said Zimbabwe was hijacked by Grace Mugabe in the bedroom and puppets who want to enrich themselves-ultimately their words are now fulfilled, the Mugabe dynasty is gone-now we go to Mutsvangwa`s rally in large numbers, the prophecy is fulfilled. Viva Mutsvangwa-the lone voice of a guerrilla in the desert.
    The corrupt lives of Mugabe, Grace Mugabe and Goreraza (Grace`s first husband) are depicted in the holy bible:

    Then it happened one evening that David
    arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the
    roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.
    3 So David sent and inquired about
    the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter
    of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then
    David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her,
    for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. 5 And the woman conceived; so she sent and told
    David, and said, “I am with child.”

    In the morning it happened that David wrote
    a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in
    the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be
    struck down and die.” 16 So it
    was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he
    knew there were valiant men. 17 Then
    the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the
    people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also