Vet­er­ans vow to fight out Mugabe’s G40 fac­tion

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HARARE - Zim­bab­wean war vet­er­ans fired from the rul­ing ZANU-PF party have vowed they will cam­paign against Pres­i­dent Robert Mugabe’s pre­ferred suc­ces­sors as long as they are rooted in the G40 fac­tion an­gling to suc­ceed the 93-year-old leader.

The Christo­pher Mutsvangwa-led Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion made the dec­la­ra­tion on Wed­nes­day at a press con­fer­ence in the cap­i­tal, say­ing the G40 fac­tion was anti-de­vel­op­ment, hence: “Th­ese peo­ple are not go­ing to see the light of power in Zim­babwe. We de­clare (it) here, the war vet­er­ans.”

G40 is a fac­tion re­port­edly fronted by De­fence Min­is­ter Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi, said to have the back­ing of ZANU-PF Na­tional Po­lit­i­cal Com­mis­sar Saviour Ka­sukuwere, Vice-Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko, First Lady Grace Mugabe, Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ig­natius Chombo, Youth, Indi­geni­sa­tion And Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment Min­is­ter Pa­trick Zhuwao as well as Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Jonathan Moyo.

There is also the La­coste fac­tion, re­port­edly sym­pa­thetic to Vice-Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, who him­self was un­der­fire at the week­end from Pres­i­dent Mugabe and his wife Grace for keep­ing com­pany with peo­ple fired from ZANU-PF, us­ing his poi­son­ing saga for po­lit­i­cal gains and fail­ing to chas­tise peo­ple mock-ing the first fam­ily, among a host of other ac­cu­sa­tions.

War vet­er­ans have, over the years, been in­stru­men­tal in the cam­paigns for Mugabe to re­tain power ev­ery past elec­tion.

The outspoken Mutsvangwa, who in March last year af­ter sus­pended from the party said he nei­ther cared for the polit­buro nor min­is­te­rial post, on Wed­nes­day told jour­nal­ists that the war vet­er­ans were ex­cep­tional in or­gan­is­ing strate­gies that would win an elec­tion. “We are go­ing to pit that im­pec­ca­ble record of or­gan­i­sa­tion against the up­starts of the G40. This is the mother of all bat­tles in pol­i­tics” he said.

“This is the A-team. We gave him [Mugabe] vic­tory in 1979 with [late Vice-Pres­i­dent] Joshua Nkomo. In 2008, he was de­feated by MDC-T leader Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai un­til the run-up. This A-team to­gether with other stake­hold­ers went back to the draw­ing board. We res­cued the man who was in the jaws of de­feat. The MDC croc­o­diles were chew­ing up.”

Mutsvangwa also lunged into Sek­era­mayi, la­belling him a ‘born cow­ard’.

“And do you know who had run away when Mugabe was be­ing chewed up and had to be res­cued by the tech­ni­cal­ity. Sek­era­mayi, as one of the G40, was al­ready in Beit­bridge look­ing for ex­ile in South Africa,” the war vets chair­per­son said.

“We had to call him back. Now he’s strut­ting around as a pup­pet of the G40.” The at­tack on Sek­era­mayi came af­ter he was seem­ingly pre­sented as

Mugabe’s suc­ces­sor.


SPEAKS: Zim Vet­er­ans' As­so­ci­a­tion Chair­per­son Christo­pher Mutsvangwa speak­ing dur­ing the con­fer­ence.

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