WAR VETS DIS­OWN COM­MU­NIQUE

Min­is­ter sus­pects de­trac­tors’ hand in trea­sonous doc­u­ment

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WAR vet­er­ans have dis­owned last week’s com­mu­nique link­ing them to an at­tack on Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe amid sus­pi­cions the doc­u­ment could be the work of a ‘Fifth Col­umn’, the Min­is­ter of De­fence, Dr Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi, said yesterday.

A ‘fifth col­umn’ refers to a group of peo­ple who un­der­mine a larger group from within, usu­ally in favour of an en­emy.

Dr Sek­era­mayi, who is also the Zanu-PF sec­re­tary for War Vet­er­ans, De­tainees, Restrictees and their Wel­fare, said while they did not ab­solve the free­dom fight­ers for now, no gen­uine war vet­eran would be so “dis­parag­ing” of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe as ex­hib­ited in the trea­sonous com­mu­nique.

The com­mu­nique re­nounced and cas­ti­gated Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s lead­er­ship for al­legedly fail­ing to run the coun­try.

The Min­is­ter for the Wel­fare Ser­vices for War Vet­er­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors, Ex-Po­lit­i­cal De­tainees and Restrictees, Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube, weighed in say­ing while the Govern­ment would con­tinue in­ter­view­ing war vet­er­ans’ lead­ers to es­tab­lish the truth, the com­mu­nique could be a par­ody of the Blue Ocean Strat­egy doc­u­ment.

Rtd Col Dube said in­ves­ti­ga­tions had re­vealed that war vet­er­ans had not au­thored the Blue Ocean Strat­egy, a doc­u­ment that mapped out suc­ces­sion plots in Zanu-PF and was clan­des­tinely re­leased to the me­dia af­ter a war vet­er­ans’ meet­ing in Gweru in June.

Last Thurs­day, the lat­est un­signed com­mu­nique found its way to the me­dia af­ter the Christopher Mutsvang­waled Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion held a meet­ing in Harare.

Dr Sek­era­mayi said thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der­way to de­ter­mine its ori­gins as no one was pre­pared to ac­cept au­thor­ship.

“Both at party and Govern­ment level we’ve looked at the doc­u­ment, stud­ied it and we’ve checked with some of the peo­ple who were at the meet­ing and up to now no­body is hon­our­ing and as­so­ci­at­ing him­self or her­self with that doc­u­ment,” he said.

“It be­comes ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary to carry out thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions and get to the root of the mat­ter. When­ever there is a meet­ing of the party or war vet­er­ans, as you know, res­o­lu­tions are signed for or hon­oured. Ha­pana arikuti ini ndini chaiye chaiye mang­winya wa­cho akany­ora doc­u­ment irori,” said Dr Sek­ere­mayi.

He said there was a high pos­si­bil­ity the coun­try’s de­trac­tors could be at work, us­ing in­fil­tra­tors.

“You also get a sit­u­a­tion that it might be our en­e­mies. In any or­gan­i­sa­tion there are peo­ple who are per­suaded whom we nor­mally re­fer to as the Fifth Col­umn. They might be used by our en­e­mies to in­fil­trate us. A treach­er­ous doc­u­ment of that na­ture is not just writ­ten with­out peo­ple con­verg­ing and agree­ing on points to make. There is no war vet­eran who would be so War vet­er­ans have no man­date to talk against the Pres­i­dent be­cause he was not elected by war vet­er­ans but by the peo­ple of Zim­babwe.

“What has been said in that com­mu­nique is out of con­text and not sup­ported by war vet­er­ans. If there are any war vet­er­ans who don’t want Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to be their pa­tron any­more, they should say it out at con­gress not through a com­mu­nique,” said Cde Mlala.

He said those who are against Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe are against the peo­ple of Zim­babwe and the en­tire Zanu-PF party.

“War vet­er­ans are like stake­hold­ers of the party. It’s the prin­ci­pal of the party who gives in­struc­tions not the stake­hold­ers. Stake­hold­ers can give sug­ges­tions here and there but not tell the prin­ci­pal what to do.

“If some­one says they don’t sup­port Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, it means that they don’t sup­port the peo­ple of Zim­babwe be­cause it’s the peo­ple who elected him into power and the en­tire Zanu-PF mem­ber­ship,” said Cde Mlala. Mean­while, VP Mphoko said the pro­gramme to do­nate chicks would cover all the coun­try’s 10 prov­inces.

The VP has so far do­nated 20,700 chicks. “We’re mov­ing to area three next week. From there we will do­nate to res­i­dents in area two and area one be­fore we go to Mashona­land Cen­tral where we will give the peo­ple there about 10,000 chicks. We will do­nate the chicks to ev­ery prov­ince. This is a pro­gramme that is meant to em­power the peo­ple and re­duce poverty. No pay­ment is re­quired from them,” said VP Mphoko. He told ben­e­fi­cia­ries to give him re­ports on their projects so that he knows how they are per­form­ing. dis­parag­ing about the Pres­i­dent of the party and coun­try. It’s im­pos­si­ble,” Dr Sek­era­mayi said.

He added: “If there are prob­lems, peo­ple put their heads to­gether to see how they can ad­dress them in or­der of pri­or­ity. You don’t go out to the ex­tent that the pri­vate me­dia is feast­ing. They are say­ing they have never had such a scoop. If you see the Bri­tish and the Amer­i­cans cel­e­brat­ing that (Pres­i­dent) Mu­gabe is be­ing at­tacked, then you be­gin to ask who is be­hind this. The truth will come out. The ma­jor­ity of the war vet­er­ans should al­ways know that the pa­tron is there, the party is there and they will never be aban­doned. Chal­lenges will al­ways be ad­dressed. Let us put our heads and en­er­gies to­gether.”

Rtd Col Dube said the mat­ter needed to be dealt with from var­i­ous an­gles be­fore rush­ing to con­clu­sions.

“There are so many doc­u­ments flood­ing around and some­times we mis­tak­enly think that they are writ­ten by war vet­er­ans yet they would have come from peo­ple out­side the war vet­er­ans,” he said.

“We don’t want to say it’s them be­cause we’re not sure it’s them who wrote that. We will in­terview as many war vet­er­ans as pos­si­ble to find out whether they hon­our the au­thor­ship of the doc­u­ment.

“We want to find out who could have done this and why. We’ve peo­ple say­ing nasty things about the Pres­i­dent but they are not of­fi­cials, they are in­di­vid­u­als. But if it’s a com­mu­nique and the war vets ac­cept that that’s what they said, then it’s a dif­fer­ent story.”

Rtd Col Dube said some of the few war vet­er­ans’ lead­ers he had talked to had de­nied knowl­edge of the com­mu­nique.

“I’ve en­gaged a few and I will have to find out more,” he said.

“Def­i­nitely some­one wrote it but who is he? We had a prob­lem with this Blue Ocean Strat­egy. We all thought it was writ­ten by the war vet­er­ans but our dis­cov­ery turned out that it wasn’t the war vet­er­ans. There are peo­ple who wrote it for what­ever rea­sons, we don’t know.”

The sec­re­tary in Rtd Col Dube’s Min­istry, Bri­gadier Gen­eral (Re­tired) Wal­ter Tap­fu­maneyi, said: “We will con­tinue to en­gage them (war vet­er­ans) on a min­istry-to­client ba­sis be­cause they are our clients.

“We will talk to them as we usu­ally do. We want to find out their think­ing, what’s trou­bling them and in con­nec­tion with this par­tic­u­lar is­sue we also want to know whether or not it’s them.”

Mr Mutsvangwa dis­tanced com­mu­nique.

“I def­i­nitely have no copy­right to the English lan­guage,” he said yesterday.

“The in­fil­tra­tors are the ones as­crib­ing au­thor­ship to me. I didn’t at­tend the meet­ing and I’m yet to have a brief on pro­ceed­ings. Para­noia makes them see my foot­prints on any mishap even if I’m as far away as Neil Arm­strong land­ing on the moon. If they are my­opic and klep­to­cratic to see oth­er­wise, then pity them, Zim­babwe is the real loser.” him­self from the

“I have read some ar­ti­cles, even ed­i­to­ri­als, mak­ing as­ser­tions that I au­thored the doc­u­ment and hope those who penned the ar­ti­cles will be able to present their ev­i­dence,” he said.

“For Johnny-come latelies, mem­ber­ship to Zanu-PF is the ul­ti­mate lad­der to ex­er­cise un­bri­dled power and amass ob­scene riches. I gave my only life to the party and the peo­ple of Zim­babwe as a gifted un­der­grad­u­ate.

“In short, a po­lit­i­cal post be­lat­edly land­ing on my lap at 60 years of age and af­ter 35 years of Zanu-PF (rule) can­not just be an ob­ject of pin­ing loss. It is just a new op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue other av­enues of self-ex­pres­sion for my boun­ti­ful tal­ent. Much to the dis­ap­point­ment of the hate and hound Mutsvangwa party pun­dits, I am too busy to lose even a sec­ond of com­mis­er­a­tion. What I re­gret is the loss of a de­vel­op­ment div­i­dend to Zim­babwe.”

Mr Mutsvangwa de­scribed Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe as a great or­a­tor say­ing he could not match his stan­dards. “Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe is a great or­a­tor,” he said. “I have never had credit for this word­smith tal­ent be­ing as­cribed to the per­sona of Shake­speare or the Bi­ble for that mat­ter.”

Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, him­self a dec­o­rated war vet­eran, has said de­spite the com­mu­nique, all pa­tri­otic free­dom fight­ers were be­hind and loyal to Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

He also pointed out that he had noth­ing to do with a clique of rogue war vet­er­ans try­ing to push Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe out of of­fice and re­place him with Cde Mnan­gagwa.

See Com­ment on Page 4

Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube

Dr Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi

Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko

Mr Chris Mutsvangwa

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