War veterans leaders declare loyalty to President
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.”