War vets rogue image lamented

via War vets rogue image lamented | SW Radio Africa 7  August 2014 by Mthulisi Mathuthu

Moses Mzila-Ndlovu is the former minister of national healing and is also a war veteran. He says ZANU PF has ‘poisoned’ the concept of the annual Heroes Day and reduced the war veterans to rogue status.

This year’s Heroes Day falls on Monday next week and President Mugabe is expected to yet again use the occasion to praise those war vets who participated in his violent land grab exercise.

When Mugabe launched his retributive exercise in 2000 many of the former liberation war fighters were at the forefront. Together with hordes of ZANU PF youths they violently forced white commercial farmers off their land. Many were brutally murdered in cold blood alongside hundreds of their workers who were beaten and tortured. Hundreds of thousands of farm workers were displaced.

In an interview with SW Radio Africa the outspoken Mzila said it was ‘sad’ that as a result of ZANU PF policies war veterans were now associated with poverty, ignorance, violence and murder. The former ZIPRA platoon commander said ZANU PF had monopolised the liberation war narrative in a way that has diminished the importance of the Heroes Day and isolated genuine war heroes.

He said: ‘If you listen to the ZANU PF language on the liberation war and on the Heroes Day celebrations it is clear that they are convinced that they have a right dictate to the people of Zimbabwe.’

Mzila added: ‘There is no distinction between the party and government and therefore they decide themselves who should be a hero. That means that a lot of people who should be honored have been isolated. In the ZANU PF world for one to be a hero they must be consistent in abusing people’s rights.’

The outspoken Mzila said this after another notable commentator, Vince Musewe, lamented the war veterans’ s poverty and rogue image and wondered why they had allowed their contribution to be soiled by ‘fake’ and ‘few misguided characters.’

Musewe said it was ‘scandalous’ that many who ‘genuinely believed in a new Zimbabwe’ were living in poverty and are ‘forgotten’ while a few ‘greedy’ ones were living luxuriously. In an open letter to the liberation war fighters, Museve wrote that the Zimbabwe they fought for was ‘not yet here’ and it was both ‘shameful’ and ‘embarrassing’ what the country had become.

Mzila agreed with Musewe saying ZANU PF policies had impoverished many Zimbabweans and dashed many of their hopes and aspirations.

COMMENTS

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    Well where are the decent and real war vets? They should stand up and deal with ZPF. To most Zimbabweans just the mere mention of the word, war veterans,’ causes disgust to run through us and it should not be like that. Should it? If those in ZPF claim to be liberators the well, we are lost for words. Liberated into what? Truly I am passionate about my country but it can surely do without any hint of ZPF. Someone should send them some vanishing cream.

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    John Thomas 7 years ago

    It may be lamented, but is well earned.

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    Bambazonke 7 years ago

    Why even make it a holiday the war finished 34 years ago and they still harp on about it. Don’t look east look FORWARD

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    Charles Frizell 7 years ago

    People seem to forget those like Wilfred Mhanda.

    These “so-called whore vets” are nothing but the foot soldiers of the Zanooo Mafia

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    revenger-avenger 7 years ago

    The whore vets silence about evil govt is defending !!!!!!!!!! Enough said. Chete. Wake up ” notable ” Vince museswes zunde

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    revenger-avenger 7 years ago

    Deafening !!!!

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    Stupid BAMBAZONKE…….IT A holiday for those Zimbabweans who likes History…and mind you BAMBAZONKE…Warveterans must be respected,except white colonialist do not respect them…….like you,you SELL-OUT…..