War vet­er­ans lead­ers de­clare loy­alty to Pres­i­dent

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

From Page 1 Said Mr Mutsvangwa: “They have to deal with their cor­rupt ten­den­cies. We now have Min­is­ters who are pre­oc­cu­pied with build­ing sta­di­ums with cyanide ele­phant tusks (sic). They need to be ac­count­able to the mem­ber­ship of the party. They are not sa­cred cows. If they are caught with their hands in the jar, they must be taken to task.”

He said the re-en­gage­ment process be­ing done by Min­is­ter Dube de­served a chance as he had a brief from Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“He has an as­sign­ment be­fore him and we will not try to pre-empt what he is do­ing,” Mr Mutsvangwa said.

“He is do­ing it in earnest, he has got a brief on what he is do­ing. We are tak­ing him se­ri­ously and we will not is­sue state­ments about what he is try­ing to do. That is why we is­sued a com­mu­nique jointly and he has got our good­will and that of all the mem­ber­ship of the war vet­er­ans.”

He added: “There have been is­sues about the pa­tron. Prior to our meet­ing with Min­is­ter Dube, there was a lot of grous­ing and illfeel­ings from the war vet­er­ans about the way they were be­ing treated in the party but when Min­is­ter Dube made the over­ture, we went to Masvingo and an­nounced to the mem­bers that we are en­gag­ing. A lot of is­sues that peo­ple were spec­u­lat­ing upon were laid to rest to give Min­is­ter Dube a chance to carry out his as­sign­ment. Any­thing be­ing pub­li­cised to the con­trary is not com­ing from us.” On the al­leged $500 000 pay­out, Mr Mutsvangwa said they were re­spon­si­ble free­dom fight­ers who would never make such out­ra­geous de­mands.

“We dis­so­ci­ate our­selves from that state­ment,” he said.

“We do not ex­pect that gut­ter jour­nal­ism, par­tic­u­larly on mat­ters which af­fect cap­i­tal mar­kets. This has an ef­fect on the stock ex­change, on the mind of an in­vestor who is try­ing to bring money into the coun­try and those in the Di­as­pora who are remit­ting money home.”

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