We’ll defend Zanu PF rule: War vets

Source: We’ll defend Zanu PF rule: War vets -Newsday Zimbabwe

Mike Bimha

THE Zanu PF war veterans league conference kicked off yesterday in Harare with the former freedom fighters declaring that they will stop at nothing in defence the ruling party.

Speaking during a Press conference, war veterans secretary Douglas Mahiya said war veterans would defend political power against opposition parties and non-governmental organisations they accused of being used by Western countries to effect regime change.

“We are going out there to mobilise for the party. We have got political power, the question of power is not what we should be talking about in Zimbabwe, because Zimbabwe got political power from the colonisers . . . an opposition party which talks of power is misguided,” Mahiya said.

“Our erstwhile enemies have planted their proxies, the opposition parties and NGOs to scatter the organisation the ruling party had put among the people, that unity we had achieved … we are going to defend that power because we sacrificed for this.”

Zanu PF national commissar Mike Bimha also said the party would use the conference to mobilise ahead of the 2023 elections.

“As you are all aware the inaugural war veterans league conference is now in motion, which is a wing of the party, we are now witnessing history in the making,” he said.

“And, therefore, for us as commissariat we welcome the coming on board of this league; it makes our jobs easier joining the youth and women’s leagues, moreso as we face the 2023 elections.”

Over 3 000 delegates are expected to attend the conference where President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to be endorsed as the party’s sole presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 elections.


  • comment-avatar
    Kalulu 1 year ago

    I thought the gallant revolutionary fighters fought for the masses and not for a political party, was this the guiding principle during the war of liberation, fighting for political leadership and for a political party? You have abandoned the aspirations masses who are living in abject poverty for the simple reason that you have been promised that your pensions and general welfare will be considered. Is it a question of enjoying 30 pieces of silver? You have no regard for the needs of the masses who supported you during the war who are suffering. I am beginning to wonder whether the leaders of the war veterans actually participated in the war of liberation or whether they were just refugees with no grounding in the purpose of the war of liberation. You are happy seeing your leaders, their families and well-connected enjoying surplus riches when the ordinary people are suffering, what a shame!!