‘War vets defied zanu-PF’

MUTSVANGWAMashudu Netsianda Senior Reporter—
EMBATTLED war veterans chairman Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa has gone rogue and wants to turn former freedom fighters against Zanu-PF, Women’s League deputy secretary Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo said yesterday. She spoke after Cde Mutsvangwa – who was suspended from the party for three years before he was also demoted from Cabinet – invited the excommunicated former war veterans chairman, Jabulani Sibanda, to speak to liberation war fighters in Bulawayo on Saturday.

Cde Moyo also took a swipe at Senator Angeline Masuku, who also attended the meeting, for living under the mistaken belief that she was the most senior female leader from the former Zapu.

Cde Moyo, who deputises First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe in the Women’s League, said while war veterans have a right to hold sanctioned meetings, sharing a stage with an opposition party member was disturbing.

She told The Chronicle in an interview yesterday: “If Zanu-PF reaches a position, we expect everyone including war veterans to be guided by such a resolution, but it appears there are some people who’re defying the party.

“It seems Jabulani Sibanda was included in the Entumbane meeting to sway war veterans to join Zimbabwe People First [led by Joice Mujuru, who was expelled from Zanu-PF]. It becomes a problem when you start associating with people who’re in the opposition.

“War vets have a right to conduct their meetings with their leaders, but what’s actually disturbing is that their leader had not formally informed us that he had left Zanu-PF because I believe when you start teaming up with a person who has been expelled from the party, it gives us a different picture altogether.”

Cde Moyo said those who attended the meeting acted in defiance of the party rules.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a war veteran, as long as you’re a Zanu-PF member you’ve breached the rules of the party, you’re defying party directions and we can’t stand by and watch as people are doing such things.

“Those people should come out in the open so that we know exactly who they really are because we don’t want people coming to our meetings playing two roles, one for Zanu and the other for the opposition.”

Cde Moyo, who is also the Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs, lashed out at Cde Mutsvangwa for failing to address the welfare issues of war veterans during his stint as the Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees, a position from which he was sacked last week by President Mugabe and replaced with Cde Tshinga Dube.

Cde Mutsvangwa was found guilty of undermining the authority of President Mugabe and insulting the First Family – the same reasons that led to the expulsion of Sibanda from the party in 2014.

“Someone has been in that ministerial position since 2013 and making empty promises and even up to now he’s still going around making empty promises talking about buses and hospitals. When will they be available? You promise things that are non-existent just because you want to use them (war veterans),” said Cde Moyo.

She also implored the newly appointed War Veterans Minister Cde Tshinga Dube to conduct a vetting exercise, suggesting that some people were masquerading as war veterans. “It seems anyone who is disgruntled has a tendency of resorting to war veterans or move to take a position with war collaborators or ex-detainees. These people start insulting people and creating confusion.”

Echoing President Mugabe who last week said Zanu-PF would not hesitate to “chuck out” any officials who refuse to toe the party line as the party had “no shortage of members”, Cde Moyo said: “Some of us will remain in Zanu-PF and those who want to leave the party are free to do so. If you choose a thorny path you’ll be prickled.”

Cde Moyo said most of the people who attend the meeting in Entumbane were not genuine war veterans. She explained: “You can’t group ex-detainees and war collaborators together and claim they’re war veterans. I’m very much aware some of those who attended the meeting are ex-detainees and war collaborators.

“What are you telling those poor people? Some of these people are so young and they’re even younger than independence, but you’ll be shocked that they claim to be war vets, ex-detainees and war collaborators.”

Cde Moyo also revealed she was bewildered by War Veterans Association secretary Cde Victor Matemadanda’s sentiments when he claimed that Cde Masuku was in a “difficult situation” just because she was a senior ex-Zapu official.

A resolution by the Women’s League demanding that at least one of the Vice Presidents should be a woman has sparked speculation that a former Zapu leader will be chosen. Cde Moyo says Cde Masuku appears to be under the mistaken impression that she deserves the nomination on the basis that she is the most senior surviving ex-Zapu leader.

Cde Moyo says that belief is not true, and in any case the female Vice President would be nominated on merit. “As one of the leaders in Bulawayo, what really troubled me and still troubles me is that while Cde Matemadanda was addressing Cde Masuku – who was also there sharing a stage with them – he said he knows that she was caught up in cross-fire because of the Women’s League resolution over Vice Presidency.

She explained: “I’m actually the one who read that resolution at the Zanu-PF conference and the way I understand it is that when the time comes [for a woman to assume the Vice Presidency] any women will be free to be appointed VP. “It’s folly for anyone to fight over a non-existing issue. There’s no way that we need to discuss about that because in the first place it’s the President who appoints.”

Cde Moyo said there are many women who qualify for the VP position from which President Mugabe would appoint when the right time comes. “The issue of seniority keeps cropping up with some sections of the media claiming that Cde Masuku is the most senior woman in the party although she hasn’t said it herself, and even Mademadanda who wasn’t in Zipra or Zapu keeps saying so, and you wonder where they get their stories from,” she said.

Cde Moyo said the most senior female ex-Zapu leader is Cde Jane Ngwenya who actually championed the struggle before other women joined the liberation struggle.

“We’re all junior to her including Cde Masuku. We never told the President as the Women’s League that we need someone senior for the VP post, but only a meriting woman will be appointed. It’s a woman’s position which has nothing to do with whether you’re from the Zapu or Zanu side,” she said.

Cde Moyo also queried why Cde Mutsvangwa chose Bulawayo as the venue for his meeting. “What’s their aim of calling the meeting in Bulawayo and what happened to Harare? It seems everyone who wants to start their naughty work comes to Bulawayo,” Cde Moyo said.

“All the opposition parties come to Bulawayo to launch their parties. It must have been done intentionally because Bulawayo people are considered to be vulnerable and gullible.”

Sibanda used the invitation by Cde Mutsvangwa to urge war veterans to decouple themselves from Zanu-PF but consider other groups with the same ideology. “Lobengula didn’t have a party, Nehanda didn’t have a party but they were people defending their people,” he said.

Various speakers from the association chanted “down with G40’’ — in apparent reference to a purported Zanu-PF faction — with Cde Matemadanda criticising the Zanu-PF Politburo saying it has become a “disciplinary Politburo” and attacking Zanu-PF Commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere over the expulsion of party members claiming Zanu-PF has become a “party for firing not hiring”.

Cde Mutsvangwa has used interviews with hostile newspapers to claim he is happy to be out of government. He compared President Mugabe to a frog in a bathtub, claiming Zanu-PF officials out to destroy him were slowly releasing water into the tub and in time they would release hot water which would kill the frog.

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  • red ochestra

    Who cares, let them do what they want. There is no story here

  • zenzo

    uyagula wena mancube.dlana uthule isinkwa sakho ku first lady.ungubani to tell us who to meet when to meet .

  • musa

    chris is right in meeting ALL the war vets. are we to believe war vets are found in zanny pf only? on a different point didn’t chris once say JB is not a genuine war vet? or was it chinos who said it?

    • murozvi

      its Chris who said that

  • bob@100

    jabu and chris is an incestous relationship,both men have nothing to offer

    • vusumuzi

      as i said in the other issue , you are nothing but a blind Individual supporter , instead of being a believer in a Philosophy of Living. You believe in the Mortal. Angafa kutsho ukuthi lawe uzofa !!!!

  • Khalabemgeza MehlokaMthwakazi

    The really War Vets who liberated our country with a barrel of a gun are from ZIPRA forces based in Matebeleland , amalwa ecatsha abafana bakamdala uMqabuko , so it evident., thats why most of the opportunist flock to Bulawayo for such meetings

  • Max

    The troubled waters.

  • Brigadier Siyasutha Belamba

    Eunice war vetrans don’t necessarily have to support your faction in ZANU-PF .Infact they don’t have to belong to your party .This is the message you should be sending out not this nonsense wena ungumuntu omdala

    • MakhosiXamu

      If war veterans decide to defy the party , they may well have their organisation disbanded , period.

      • Zuze

        By who? You the man that refused to carry? kikikiki ushlanya nkawu.

  • Chipoto Vhaivhai

    War Veterans do not belong to ZANU PF wena salukazi.

    • MakhosiXamu

      They do do. War Veterans are mere an apendage of Zanu PF( Zipra under Zapu and Zanla under Zanu). Nxa uli xoxo elingela mfundo thula, nja.

      • Zuze

        Usuvukhile Xamu? Usukuluma uthuvi ekhuseni so? Yeka itototo mfana. You told uMagumede that they are murderers so now you are saying that Zanu pf owns these murderers. You are losing it mfana. Go back to bed and ask them to wake you up later. Uloke ulele.

      • vusumuzi

        Yes. this is the Jotham we know !!!!!!. Thuka mathuka

      • Mhlakazanhlansi

        lol … none of my business this …. but inja yiyoyodwa ekhonkothayo and ixoxo aliyi eskolo (as far as I know anyway)

        …. so are we right to see ixoxo lenja where we see them on this occasion???

  • Lunga

    Does anyone care for this rubbish?

  • vusumuzi

    The Chronicle here is trying to treport that A Faction of the War Vets Held a Meeting in Bulawayo on Saturday. Well tried Chronicle , in trying to downplay anything not ZANU related. So according to you Chronicle it was not worth reporting what transpired at this Meeting? Its not news at all , heh ? So we have to hear it from Mama uMamoyo about what transpired at the meeting , instead of the Chronicle telling us what Jabu and Co said. I love the Tax-fUNDED PAPER , just the same stuff it dished out during Smith’s days “TEN TERRORISTS KILLED, 1 SECURITY FORCE DIED IN ACTION” rhetoric. to the young ones , this paper is doing exactly what it did since it is state-owned , reporting only whats good for Govt as its owner , and ignores all other people of Zimbabwe, and even turns facts around. Same rubbish as the Radios. SO IT MEANS THAT THOSE EMPLOYED AT CHRONICLE AND ZBC will only bring out what ZANU says they , and not to tell Zimbabweans about other events. SAME AS SMITH , we are still under oppressionv

    • Observer gonzo

      Agree, but herald is worse…much much worse that makes Chronicle sound 5 star independent. Try comparing the article about the Gokwe fight in the herald and you will see what i mean.

  • Fred Muchena

    Jabulani now friends with Chris!!. How times change.

    • Zuze

      At least they are not tribalist like you Nja yothuvi.

      • Fred Muchena

        Asinto enhle ukuthuka omunye umuntu kanje.

  • tops spot stop opts pots post

    next verse!

  • vusumuzi

    U Mama uMamoyo namhla uzalala etshebe ngenkukhu. Maybe uzapohuza le wine. Akasebenzi nje lomama , mlaleleni ukuthi uthini about her fellow comrades . She has joined the gravy train where the Song is “Bob for Life” , Bob everywhere , at Varsities he s chancellor , every where he s No 1 , This the Stalinist style of Individual Worship Mama . You are a disgrace to Mthwakazi . Whatever you do unguMthwakazi but you are a disgrace. You think abakoMthwakazi asicabangi? You worship a human being , insult other people for that person’s sake, dont you see your party is not doing what the parties ZANU and ZAPU fought for: domination by an individual or certain group. You think the War Vets split is a small thing: What is happening gogo is natural , thats the way the cookie crumbles; wafelwa , wancwaba izihlobo ezabulawa by the same person you fight to rule us “for life”. Is this what Nkomo told you during your training and fighting? Is this what you left all your loved ones to fight for? You and your buddies are doing the same things Smith did and said about yourselves when you were fighting for Liberation. YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES HAVE REPLACED SMITH. Back to sqaure one In Zim. No coverage of this meeting on Chronicle, Herald and ZTV/ZBC. But your opinions about the meeting make headlines , instead of what the speakers there said. Radio Rhodesia and RTV did the same things. Shame , from heroes to Zeroes , that what you lot have become. If you die after changes in Governace come , your whole lot will not be buried at Heroes Acre. We wish to remove Nkomo , Msarurwa , Chinamano, Chitepo and co from there too . Zimbabweans are silenced , not allowed to meet , discuss , share any topics , and have their own children trained as soldiers and police set on them. Hitler and Mussolini style.

  • blarazonke

    This Chris will hit a tree very soon.

  • samas

    The way Moyo is expressing it’s like she was there at the meeting.One part which baffled me was she doesn’t even know who were actually at this meeting.So she works on gossip.Anyway she is ZANU ,they rule on gossip.All she want is Masuku out.Thus create all this ruckus about a meeting she doesn’t have a clue who the attendees were.SHAME.

  • Mhlakazanhlansi

    izxakaxaka ….!!! non-news, non-event … just rubbish really, all of it …

  • mdulababy

    careful maMoyo…..Mutsvangwa also defended your party in the same way but look where he is today…………….

  • Mmmm

    After losing a fight in Gokwe last week this noisy Matematanda and the rogue Mutsvwanga bring their factional lacoste agenda to Entumbane.If war vets are not careful,these twins will sleep walk many of them to great misery soon.

  • Cde Mojo

    It is ZANU-PF that has defied the war veterans.

    Remember the party exists to serve the people, not the other way around; and the war veterans are the most important group of people who are to be served.

  • matshobane

    when are war vets dying.i am sickened by the vile little creatures