The rogue (not all war veterans betrayed the revolution and the masses) war veterans led by the late “Hitler” Chenjerai Hunzvi, Jabulani Sibanda and now Chris Mutsvangwa have come a long way. Since the late 1990s they have betrayed the value of the struggle for independence by allowing themselves to be use as President Mugabe’s storm troopers imposing his corrupt and tyrannical rule on the nation. It is only in the last two years or so that they have mellowed considerable.
“The war vets will now go to give the masses the consciousness of the tasks ahead, which are to fight corruption, fight creation of a Mugabe dynasty, fight regionalism and fight dictatorship as well as all other social and economic ills,” secretary-general of Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA), Victor Matemadanda, told NewsDay.
Coming from the organisation whose members have beaten, raped and even murdered innocent people to impose the very regime they are now fighting; that is sweet music to the ears! Who would believe that these rogue war veterans would ever concede the basic truth that quality leaders can come from anyone regardless of whether he/she fought in the liberation war or not.
“The only way to do it is to vote and find a suitable leader even among those that did not take part in the liberation struggle. We are 14 million citizens and if we choose well among us, they should be able to serve our common interests as a people,” conceded ZNLWVA spokesman Douglas Mahiya.
“It is not possible that there is no one who can lead better than those in power today. We can always find one because nobody is indispensable. Zimbabwe is greater than individuals and will be there long after we are all gone.”
Another spell binding melodious refrain!
“We presented the war veterans as the heroes of the Zimbabweans, the heroes of Africa. That is the biggest success that we got and it will marginalise the elements that are against progress particularly as epitomised by the G40 (faction of Zanu PF). The G40 is the opposite of what we want in Zimbabwe. We have demolished them and reworked the image of war veterans and removed the element of caricature,” chipped in the current ZNLWVA national chairperson, Chris Mutsvangwa.
Ever since the split between the rogue war veterans and President Mugabe started two years ago, growing into the unbridgeable chasm we see today; the wedge driving them apart was the tyrant’s failure to deliver economic prosperity to the war veterans. Many of the war veterans still live in abject poverty and the current economic meltdown which has seen millions of our people sink into poverty and despair has not spared the war veterans.
But was has made the rogue war veterans panic was the prospect of the G40 faction in Zanu PF taking over power after President Mugabe. Grace Mugabe, the undeclared leader of G40, has already made her position crystal clear that there will be privileges extended to war veterans.
Chris Mutsvangwa and company are pulling all the stops to make sure G40 does not succeed Mugabe; they know if that happened, they are well and truly sunk!
“We are clear Zimbabweans understand what we are saying and will know who to vote for. It (G40) is a small group of people with no social base. Next year’s elections will tell,” said Mahiya.
If Chris Mutsvangwa and his band of war veterans have truly repented and now value the freedoms and rights of all Zimbabweans including the right to free and fair elections then they must demand the implementation of all the democratic reforms necessary for free and fair elections BEFORE the next elections. Why are they keen to contest elections knowing fully well whoever has totally control of the institutions of government will rig the vote as has happened so many times in the past unless they are hoping their man will have a firm hand on the helm and they can assist in the usual dirty work to secure his victory!
Mutsvangwa et al are fighting to end the Mugabe dictatorship and to stop the creation of a Mugabe dynasty but only to replace it with a Mnangagwa dictatorship! We want a free a democratic Zimbabwe and all corrupt and tyrannical dictatorial rule banished forever! Our starting point is demanding that the next elections are free, fair and credible, we will not settle for anything short of that!
“Imweneimwe shiri inamaririro iyo!” (A bird may change its plumage but not its signature call!) as one would say in Shona. Mutsvangwa and his band of rogue war veterans imposed the Mugabe dictatorship on us in the past and they do so again if we do not stop them.