War vets meet President in solidarity indaba
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.
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)