‘Lonely’ Mu­tasa in strange phone call

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Elita Chik­wati Harare Bureau

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe last week re­ceived an un­usual call from for­mer Zanu-PF sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Pres­i­den­tial Min­is­ter Mr Didy­mus Mu­tasa — an in­di­ca­tion that he has failed to set­tle po­lit­i­cally out­side the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party.

Mr Mu­tasa is among a num­ber of sev­eral peo­ple who were ex­pelled from Zanu-PF for work­ing with for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dr Joice Mu­juru who wanted to un­seat Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally.

Mr Mu­tasa is now a se­nior mem­ber of the Zim­babwe Peo­ple First, led by Dr Mu­juru and the fledg­ling party is fail­ing to gain trac­tion since its for­ma­tion early this year.

Adress­ing war col­lab­o­ra­tors, ex-de­tainees, ex-re­strictees, wi­d­ows of fallen heroes, non-com­bat­ant cadres and war vic­tims af­fil­i­ated to Zanu-PF in Harare on Satur­day, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said he was sur­prised by the call and its pur­pose.

“I was told that it was Mr Mu­tasa who was phon­ing me. Then I asked, ‘Mr Mu­tasa?’ And he said, ‘eh, it’s me Pres­i­dent’. (It’s me Cde Pres­i­dent.) Ah, It’s long since we spoke, how are you?

“How are? And I said ah, I am al­right. How is the fam­ily?

“Then he said they are all ok, adding that that was all he wanted to know.

“Is that all he wanted to hear!!?” he said with a chuckle.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe took a swipe at Am­bas­sador Christo­pher Mutsvangwa and his ex­ec­u­tive at the Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion for mis­lead­ing war vet­er­ans, and re­minded the for­mer free­dom fight­ers that their ide­ol­ogy was that “politics leads the gun”.

He said Am­bas­sador Mutsvangwa, who was ex­pelled from Cabi­net and Zanu-PF, de­served his pun­ish­ment for be­ing an un­re­morse­ful rogue.

“Let us all have an ide­ol­ogy. We don’t want those that will de­vi­ate, like what our friends in the war vet­er­ans’ as­so­ci­a­tion did. We cor­rect them,” said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“You were warned, but you keep on re­peat­ing the same mis­take, say­ing the party must do what you want. Is that the way we should be­have? Where did you come from? Didn’t you come from Zanu or Zapu where we all agreed that politics leads the gun?

“Do you re­spect the party lead­ers? Ah, no. You even go to the ex­tent of say­ing you are be­ing in­sulted. Have you ever heard a Zanu-PF cadre say­ing that? Who is send­ing you, is it Blair? Ah, we must just say we don’t know what has hap­pened to some of us. Those of us who know what’s good for the na­tion will re­main united.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said he would con­tinue to reach out to war vet­er­ans and other non-mil­i­tary cadres who contributed to the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle.

“We are men of the peo­ple. I am a man of the peo­ple. Your in­ter­ests are our in­ter­ests. Be­cause I was with these peo­ple dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle, I won’t desert them now.

“We know what we are do­ing. We want to know which di­rec­tion our party is headed.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said the Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the wel­fare of war vet­er­ans and oth­ers who contributed to the Sec­ond Chimurenga, with au­thor­i­ties work­ing on a cock­tail of mea­sures to cater for their needs.

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