War vets meet Pres­i­dent in sol­i­dar­ity ind­aba

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WAR veter­ans from all corners of the coun­try con­verge in Harare to­day in a show of sol­i­dar­ity with their pa­tron, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

War col­lab­o­ra­tors and ex-de­tainees have also been in­vited to the meet­ing which starts this morn­ing.

This comes in the wake of a trea­sonous com­mu­niqué at­tack­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe that was covertly is­sued to mem­bers of the me­dia by a clique of power hun­gry war veter­ans last week.

The Zim­babwe National Lib­er­a­tion War Veter­ans As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary for lands, Cde Ge­orge Ma­tenda, who is part of a team that or­gan­ised to­day’s event, con­firmed the sol­i­dar­ity meet­ing.

He said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in his ca­pac­ity as the pa­tron of the ZNLWVA, would ad­dress the free­dom fight­ers.

“It’s a sol­i­dar­ity meet­ing with our pa­tron,” he said.

“All com­rades are in­vited to come and show their sup­port to their pa­tron”.

In a no­tice in the press yes­ter­day, all those who took part in the strug­gle were in­vited to the “must at­tend meet­ing”.

“Call­ing on Zanla and Zipra war veter­ans, ex-de­tainees and war col­lab­o­ra­tors and mem­bers of the Zim­babwe National lib­er­a­tion war veter­ans As­so­ci­a­tion for a meet­ing to show sol­i­dar­ity with our pa­tron and com­man­der-in-chief, His Ex­cel­lency Cde Robert Mu­gabe this Wed­nes­day 27 July 2016 at 08:00 hours at Zanu-PF head­quar­ters in Harare,” reads the no­tice.

The Min­is­ter for the Wel­fare Ser­vices for War Veter­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors, Ex-po­lit­i­cal De­tainees and Restrictees, Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube, said he was not sure of the agenda but had been told that it was a sol­i­dar­ity meet­ing.

“The meet­ing has not been ar­ranged by my of­fice, I have also been told it’s a meet­ing to show sol­i­dar­ity with our Pres­i­dent. I think the res­o­lu­tion came from a meet­ing held in Mutare re­cently.

“We have been in­vited just like the Pres­i­dent,” said Rtd Col Tshinga Dube.

The meet­ing fol­lows a com­mu­niqué that was writ­ten by al­leged war veter­ans de­nounc­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s lead­er­ship.

No one has claimed au­thor­ship of the sub­ver­sive com­mu­niqué that was clan­des­tinely is­sued to mem­bers of the me­dia fol­low­ing a meet­ing of the ZNLWVA in Harare.

Gov­ern­ment has since ac­ti­vated its se­cu­rity agen­cies to es­tab­lish the ori­gins and au­thor­ship of the com­mu­niqué.

War veter­ans dis­owned it through their par­ent min­istry.

The doc­u­ment was writ­ten in a lan­guage that could not be as­cribed to trained cadres whose loy­alty to their lead­er­ship is be­yond doubt.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

AN un­reg­is­tered old truck rum­bles along a Cow­dray Park road in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day. Trucks like the one above are used for sand poach­ing in the area, a sit­u­a­tion that has led to se­ri­ous land degra­da­tion while the deep open pits dug have be­come haz­ardous to peo­ple. (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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