Godfrey Tembo

Harare, Zimbabwe (News of the South) – War veterans have accused President Robert Mugabe of seeking to die with the country and have threatened to join hands with opposition parties in seeking his ouster from power in 2018.


In a statement by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general, Victor Matemadanda, who is considered one of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the watch vets also lambasted First Lady Grace Mugabe for ‘capturing Mugabe’ and overstepping her role.



“Practically, she is a self-proclaimed executive Vice-President, because she delivered a verdict on (Zanu PF political commissar, Saviour) Kasukuwere at a rally and cleared (Higher Education minister) Jonathan Moyo of Zimdef (Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund) fraud,” he said.


“These are issues that were referred to the presidium.


Matemadanda accused Grace of going beyond her duties.



“She is the one now disciplining civil servants. She is the one now educating government officials about their positions in relation to ministers. She is doing virtually everything.



“If she is not part of the presidium, then that is what you can call State capture.”


This, Matemadanda said, necessitates the need to build bridges with opposition parties and push out the Zanu PF regime.



“Zanu PF has been so patronised to the extent that people cannot look for solutions from the party,” Matemadanda said.



“We have to make sure that he is out of power in 2018 as a collective.



“Unfortunately, we have been too polarised to the point that we are forgetting that (MDC-T president, Morgan) Tsvangirai, Joice Mujuru (National People’s Party) or Welshman Ncube (MDC) are not the enemies.



“The enemy is poverty, unemployment and Mugabe, who wants to die with Zimbabwe.”



Matemadanda’s attacks upon Grace follows her railing against Permanent Secretary of Information George Charabanc and another veiled attack on VP Mnangagwa.



Speaking at Mugabe’s last rally in Chinhoyi Grace accused the VP of subverting the rule of Mugabe whilst she accused Charamba of overstepping his duties.



This latest spate between Mugabe and his former close allies creates a positive opening for the opposition camps which have been dithering in coming up with their envisaged coalition to contest against Mugabe.

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