Thursday, 12 January 2017

War veterans "dump Mugabe" but not yet ready to dump dictatorial rule. By W Mukori

"In 2008, they mobilised us to set up various bases to campaign for them in different parts of the country. We were forced to work against our own brothers and sisters but after that, they didn't do anything to appreciate our efforts," said Manicaland war veterans chairperson Angeline Muponda.

"We are now growing older but we have nothing to show to our kids, we are struggling to feed our families and pay school fees for our children. We have suffered enough; we want to tell Zanu-PF that we don't eat slogans."

If only I had forced the likes of Mutsvangwa, Mahiya, Maponda and all the other war veterans who have expressed similar sentiments to pay a penny each time they complained of how Zanu PF has used them and then discarded them like used toilet paper; I would be a billionaire in my own right!

There are two things these disgruntled war veterans have failed to grasp. First, they must stop pretending that they were in anyway coerced to harassing, beating, raping and even killing innocent Zimbabweans to impose the de facto one-party cum one-man dictatorship we have today. They have done all this dirty work out of greed, they were cock sure Mugabe will reward them for helping him become a dictator by granting them a share of the absolute power, the social influence and the material wealth.

“War veterans and collaborators, have over the years served as Mugabe and Zanu-PF's political power dynamos, playing particularly significant roles to keep the nonagenarian on the throne in the hotly-disputed 2000 and 2008 national elections which were both marred by serious violence and the murder of hundreds of opposition supporters,” wrote Bulawayo 24 Staff reporter in the article War collaborators dump Mugabe.

Mugabe, as the war veterans themselves have now finally realised, use and abused the war veterans and discarded them. Most of them are living in abject poverty, just like the rest of us, the innocent victims of the decades of corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship.

The war veterans owe the nation an apology for betraying the liberation war values of freedom and justice for all in helping Mugabe impose the dictatorship; regardless of whether they are one of the lucky few who were rewarded by the tyrant or one of the many who were kicked in the teeth and now languishing in poverty and despair.

Second, it is clear that most of these rogue the war veterans have not only failed to accept they were wrong and thus repented for doing Mugabe’s no-regime-change dirty work but, worse still, they will do this again. The war veterans have failed to see that the de facto one-party/one-man dictatorship IS evil and is the root cause of the nation’s economic meltdown and political chaos. It is therefore not enough that Mugabe must go but the whole dictatorial system of government must be uprooted and destroyed.

The war veterans have been demanding that the current dictator, Robert Mugabe, must go and replaced by VP Mnangagwa. Those war veterans who have already been kicked out of Zanu PF are realigning themselves with Mai Mujuru or MDC with the view of forcing the electorate to support these just as they have done for Zanu PF. We do not want another dictator or dictatorship!

We want to implement all the democratic reforms design to stop war veterans or anyone from terrorising the people and rigging the vote for selfish political gain. We want the next elections to be free, fair and credible!


  1. The failure to appreciate that liberating the country meant freedom, liberty, justice and human rights for all and not just those lucky few and their families who seized power in 1980 is what made it so easy for a tyrant like Mugabe to build the dictatorship. He only had to tell those around him they were one of the lucky few and they took up the task of building the dictatorship with the devil's zeal. They did not see anything wrong with instituting a corrupt and oppressive system, worse than the white colonial system the nation had gone to war to remove.

    The dictatorship was corrupt and wasteful of both human and material resources and it was no surprise that Zimbabwe's economic decline started soon after Zanu PF took office and it has been on this downward spiral ever since. It is not surprising many of the people President Mugabe promised prosperity if they helped him build the dictatorship, the war veterans and others, he gave them the odd gratuity payment but little else.

    Even those who benefited from the dictatorship, many of them have been side-lined and soon thrown away and forgotten. Party grandees like the late Enos Nkala and Nathan Shamuyarira lived their last days in abject poverty. The latter’s wife told mourners the family was so poor she could not afford the bus fare to be at her husband’s death-bed.

    As the country's economy continued to shrink the tempo at the Zanu PF high table has gone from luxury, to hectic to the present dog-eat-dog. in 2014 Mai Mujuru and 150 other party big-wigs were booted out of the party and many of them are "suffering and dying from stress", she confessed. Zanu PF is imploding!

    The failure by the like of Maponda, Mahiya and even former Minister Chris Mutsvangwa - whom one would think his education would help him to see beyond the tip of his nose - to see that dictatorial rule will never bring prosperity even to the ruling elite is unforgivable. The last 37 years have been a total disaster for the nation, anyone with even half a brain should see that.

    If the war veterans think the country is going to allow the dictatorship experiment to continue, even with a new dictator, for another day they are whistling in the graveyard!

    The freedoms and basic human rights including the right to a meaningful say in the governance of the country is not only an inalienable right but, more significantly, it is the foundation of free, just and prosperous nation at peace with itself. We have waiting for this blessing in Zimbabwe for 37 years, we are not going to wait another day longer! We want free, fair and credible elections now, that is not negotiable!

  2. @Sgelekeqe

    One of the most prominent and vociferous war veteran tyrant is Jabulani Sibanda, I thought he is Ndebele.

    Minister Obert Mpofu is one of the most corrupt Zanu PF leaders, no doubt he is Shona!

    We have a serious problem here of a corrupt and tyrannical regime which we must get rid of; you are not being helpful by seeing it as a tribal and not national problem. The good and bad people in all the tribes just as there are good and bad apples in tree; you do not cut down the tree to get rid of the bad apples.

  3. BVS is only as good as the people operating it. Yes there were a lot of "ghost voters" in the last elections which is why Zanu PF has refused to release the 2013 voters roll. Zanu PF paid NIKUV the princely sum of US$ 10 million to corrupt the 2013 voters roll anyone who thinks that NIKUV will not be able to corrupt the BVS is naive!

    The old system of identifying voters by their name, address, ID no., etc was laborious but anyone could check for errors. Only those with computers can check BVS and NIKUV are experts in computer programming, they will have a field day in terms of corrupting the system!

  4. We are mortals and per se are fallible. Those who have made progress in life have always taken a chance and not be paralysed by fear of making a mistake. The trick is to learn from one's mistakes and move on and that is the one thing healthy and functioning democracies have excelled in.

    In a tyrannical dictatorship, the emphasis on doing as little as possible, stifling all debate and democratic competition to hide the system's inactivity, inaptitude and mistakes. Some of our Zanu PF government's mistakes, such as the seizure of white own farms to leave the nation starving or fuelling inflation until it soared to 500 billion per cent, are mind boggling.

  5. @Gandanga

    I agree with you to some extend on the need to be inclusive. However, I do not agree with you in this case.

    There is a real danger of seeing our problems in the simplest terms and thus pursue an over simplified binary solution. It is tempting to see the disgruntled war veterans as "fighting the same war with" us, for example, because they are fighting to remove Mugabe. But by looking closely, one can see that they are fighting to remove Mugabe and replace him with another dictator. By supporting the war veterans now we are per se agreeing they have the right to impose the next dictator.

    We want to end one-party dictatorship in Zimbabwe and have free and fair elections and that is not negotiable; we must be very clear on that!

  6. Jacob Mudenda said that the debates over Mugabe’s successor were a sign of a “lack of discipline and unbridled ambition”. He added: “No new sun rises before the old one sets.”

    President Mugabe is a mortal like everyone else, he has had his long turn – 37 years - at ruling the country and, given the economic and political mess the country is in, made a dog’s breakfast of it; he must go. Why should the nation be stuck with him for another day longer?

    Margaret Dongo talked of Zanu PF leaders being “vakadzi vaMugabe” (Mugabe’s subservient concubines) because of the way they all grovel before the tyrant and are totally incapable of thinking for themselves much less see reason. Jacob Mudenda is showing us just what a mindless concubine is like. Even with the nation in the gutter because of President Mugabe’s corrupt and tyrannical rule, Mudenda is still as faithful to the tyrant as a dog.

    Mr Mudenda you and your fellow Zanu PF concubines may not see the reason for regime change, the rest of us do see the need. We want free, fair and credible elections in 2018 and you can do with your “sun” Mugabe as you see fit!

  7. Sources in the MDC-T said the decision to throw Mujuru under the bus in the by-election was informed by Gopo's allegedly tainted history of political violence in the 2001 by-election, where an MDC-T supporter died.

    The MDC-T's decision, the sources added, was also inspired by "lessons from the Norton by-election", where Temba Mliswa turned against the opposition party soon after being elected, as well as the need to gauge ZimPF's support so as to have bargaining power in the coalition.

    "Firstly, I think you know what happened in Norton, where the party was taken for a ride by Mliswa despite supporting and campaigning for him," a source said.

    "Secondly, Gopo is a sidekick of Claudius Makova, now a senior official in Zim PF, who is accused of a reign of terror in Bikita West in the 2001 by-election."

    If MDC-T is looking for people who have not shed innocent blood then they are wasting their time, Zim PF is a party of thugs. Zim PF is Zanu PF in all but name!