Time for war veterans to wise up

President Robert Mugabe and war veterans’ shenanigans are no longer interesting or entertaining or helpful to the majority.

Source: Time for war veterans to wise up – NewsDay Zimbabwe November 15, 2016

Comment: NewsDay Editor

Zimbabweans are tired of these stage-managed fights when focus should be on reviving the economy. The majority do not eat slogans nor do they eat insults.

The latest onslaught by war veterans shows that they still dream of going back to the Zanu PF fold once Mugabe decides to dump the so-called G40 – real or imagined.

It is time the war veterans made up their mind. Either they have broken ranks with Zanu PF for good or they are fooling themselves that distraught Zimbabweans are behind their cause against Mugabe.

First, the war veterans labelled Mugabe a dictator, but now have put a condition for them to support him in the next election.

One wonders whether they must be taken seriously or not. They do not care whether he’s a dictator or oppressing the people of this country, but what they seem to care the most for is a return to the Zanu PF fold.

The Christopher Mutsvangwa-led war veterans have definitely lost the plot on this one. We believe they should not tether themselves to Zanu PF. What they should long for is to have a national outlook.

The liberation struggle was not fought for the Zanu PF cause, but to liberate Zimbabwe.

Any person with Zimbabwe at heart would no doubt fight to ensure the country is well governed and for its prosperity. It is unfortunate that war veterans have turned into soldiers of fortune to the detriment of the country and the majority of its people.

We have no doubt that soon they will make other demands only to try and arm-twist Mugabe into accepting them back into the Zanu PF fold.

They can go ahead and grovel before Mugabe to lift their ban, but they should be warned that together with Zanu PF they will lose the next election.

Indeed, there is no love lost between Mugabe and the war veterans, with the former fighters announcing they had ditched the veteran leader as their patron, but who knows it may be a ruse to hoodwink Zimbabweans.

We do not think that the war veterans still have the political capital they claim to possess. Mutsvangwa and his cohorts should read signs of the times.

Of course, no one likes electoral defeats, but election results will be decided by the dispossessed people of this country. Zimbabwe is better off without cry-babies in the form of some war veterans, who believe their fellow citizens owe it to them to be what they are today.

This no time for political dogfights, but to emancipate people economically.

Issues of corruption must be dealt with, and an enabling environment must be created for people to do business and create jobs for the majority impoverished by Zanu PF misgovernance.

So, war veterans must wise up, now!


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    Morty Smith 6 years ago

    Expecting “war veterans” to wise up is very hopeful. These persons common denominator is that they all want something for nothing and then they will always bite the hand that has fed them. Without the support of these creatures Mugabe would never have been allowed to turn Zimbabwe into the mess it is now.

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    Mukanya 6 years ago

    The mercenary mentality comes to the fore!!

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    Joe Cool 6 years ago

    These guys are already wise. They know that Mugabe has no legitimacy and is in trouble and they are blackmailing him – just as are many others. Unlike many other Zimbabweans who have reaped where they did not sow, Bob is about to reap exactly what he has sown over the years.

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    Nyoni 6 years ago

    The truth of the matter is they all are illegitimate. The Bob man was an opportunist, fake war vets cry foul while the real vets are quiet. Where is ZAPU the original party ? The people of Zimbabwe are being hoodwinked again by crooks of the highest order.
    Give us back all our monies stolen from us for years and the people that are gone because of your dictatorship, and once the votes are counted you Bob and ZANUPF will be exiting the arena with your tails between your shaky legs.