“Boisterous fighters of the liberation struggle had to abandon their planned demonstration yesterday, which was meant to show support of their embattled leader, Christopher Mutsvangwa, as well as stopping Higher and Tertiary Education Minister , Jonathan Moyo, from attending the Zanu-PF's Politburo meeting,” reported Fingaz.
No one with half brain is surprised that the war vets developed cold feet and called off their demo.
The war vets have become used to behaving as if they are a law into themselves notably when they carried out the often violent seizure of white owned farms and who can ever forget Jabulani Sibanda and his war vet thugs frog-marching villagers to Zanu PF rallies in 2008. Demonstrating against Zanu PF members were common place in 2014 with the purge of Joice Mujuru and her supporters, the modus operandi was for bussed in war vets or women’s league members to besiege the party offices and demand the ouster of the individual. This demo was not going to be the same as those in the past.
This demo against Minister Jonathan Moyo, a G40 faction member; this is the faction started and sustained with the tacit support of the president himself, and therefore the demo was tantamount to a demo against the Mugabe himself – a red line that no one ever dared to cross. The very fact that the demo was undemocratic in that it was seeking to stop the Minister from attending the, for all intent and purpose, a private meeting made it worse. President Mugabe is renowned for his strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the law, if that is to his advantage even when the legality of the matter is not clear; when it is clear he relishes it!
The war vets were outwitted and outmanoeuvred by the Women’s League members who stage a counter demo targeting to occupy the same space at the same time to clash with the war vet’s demo. The women were supposedly demonstrating to express their thanks to President Mugabe for successfully chairing the AU for a year. What could be more innocuous than that!
Yes we are now in the realm of George Orwell’s Animal Farm with the “Thanks to Comrade Napoleon, how sweet this water taste!” Zimbabwe’s revolution has run its full course and it is now a fully-fledged dictatorship!
There are those, especially in the MDC leadership, who have argued that MDC did not implemented any of the security sector reforms during the GNU because the Zanu PF hardliners would ignored the reforms anyway. The above story proves that war vets are boisterous as long as they know they have Mugabe’s tacit support, withdraw that tacit support which is what the reforms do by severing the undemocratic power and influence the president has over the Police and Judiciary. The instance the war vets know they will be arrested and punished like anyone else if the broke the law their boisterous arrogance will disappear like morning mist in the morning African sun.
The only reason MDC leaders failed to implement even one single democratic reform in five years of the GNU is because they are breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent! Of course MDC leaders sold-out!