Re­volt­ing war vets dig­ging own grave

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EDI­TOR — Christo­pher Mutsvangwa, the ex­pelled for­mer Zanu-PF cab­i­net min­is­ter who held the Nor­ton Par­lia­men­tary seat did not at­tempt to con­test be­cause he is aware that he won that con­stituency rid­ing on the pop­u­lar­ity of Zanu-PF.

Like Mutsvangwa, all war veter­ans who may have over­stated their po­lit­i­cal rel­e­vance in the shadow of the revolutionary party, are in line for a rude awak­en­ing.

These mis­guided war veter­ans who sold their souls to the devil should not be plu­ralised. They do not rep­re­sent the rest of the war veter­ans and their exit has not had any im­pact on the op­er­a­tions and pop­u­lar­ity of the party.

We have ex­am­ples of war veter­ans who er­ro­neously thought they mat­ter in the po­lit­i­cal dy­nam­ics but they are now po­lit­i­cal have-beens.

Look at Parker Chipoy­era, ever since he re­volted dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle, he is still mak­ing sense­less noise.

He has just joined ZimPF in a bid to re­gen­er­ate him­self po­lit­i­cally. Some of them like Dz­i­nashe Machin­gura died prac­ti­cally coin­less.

Leav­ing Zanu-PF is not a wise de­ci­sion as the po­lit­i­cal life out­side the rul­ing party is cold.

Even known op­po­si­tion par­ties are not con­test­ing in the by-elec­tion be­cause they know for cer­tain that Zanu-PF will re­tain the seats, let alone a few overzeal­ous war veter­ans who think they can hold the party at ran­som.

The com­ing by-elec­tions will be a barom­e­ter to mea­sure the pop­u­lar­ity of Zanu-PF in the wake of the in­ter­nal tiff. Peo­ple will get an un­der­stand­ing of why it is called “the peo­ple’s party”.

An in­sti­tu­tion built over years of com­pe­tence and na­tion­al­is­tic ori­en­ta­tion can­not be dis­tracted off its course not even by at­tempts to doc­tor his­toric events.

This is why peo­ple like Cde Ru­tan­hire are com­ing for­ward to straighten the nar­ra­tive based on facts not the po­lit­i­cal op­por­tunism which Mu­juru and her crew tried to ex­hibit.

War veter­ans are more than a few over­am­bi­tious char­la­tans. Ru­faro Mu­fundirwa. WOMEN are afraid to re­port rape is­sues be­cause they are bound to be judged neg­a­tively by their im­me­di­ate com­mu­ni­ties. I am not sur­prised with the way the Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya rape is­sue is play­ing out. Jus­tice must be de­ter­mined by the courts not by ac­cla­ma­tion. Imag­ine a pos­si­ble rape vic­tim be­ing os­tracised by thou­sands of re­li­gious fa­nat­ics and a whole con­gre­ga­tion, show­ing sol­i­dar­ity with the al­leged of­fender. – Tafadzwa Hungwe.

I CON­GRAT­U­LATE daz­zling Denver Mukamba for re­dis­cov­er­ing his form in the blue shirt. Last week re­minded me of the young man’s in­spired first sea­son at the Glam­our Boys un­der coach Lloyd Mu­tasa. I hope the team main­tains their new­found in­spi­ra­tion and con­tinue gun­ning for the ti­tle. – Glam­our Boy.

I AM wor­ried a pat­tern is emerg­ing here. Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya is in­no­cent un­til or un­less the courts de­ter­mine other­wise, but he seems to be set­ting him­self up for sit­u­a­tions like these by be­ing alone with these ladies. Last time he was ac­quit­ted of adul­tery now he is be­ing ac­cused of rape. I think he must en­list the ser­vices of fe­male staff or his wife in deal­ing with his con­gre­gants so we do not hear of things like these. — Ob­server.

BRAIN drain is a hole in the de­vel­op­ment bas­ket. Gov­ern­ment must mend it in­stead of just load­ing more grain. Teach­ers leave for greener pas­tures be­cause not much is in place to at­tract and re­tain the best tal­ent, par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral schools. Teach­ers must feel ap­pre­ci­ated and com­pen­sated so that they can give the na­tion their best. — Mu­soro Wan­zomba.

Wal­ter Ma­gaya

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