Zimbabwe

Battle lines drawn ahead of 'crunch' indaba between Mugabe, war vets

2016-04-04 16:59
Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

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Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has told the country's former freedom fighters to stop dictating to him how he should run the ruling Zanu-PF party, reports The Standard.

Mugabe, 92, said this ahead of a crunch meeting with the war veterans later this week. 

The nonagenarian claimed that the war veterans were merely an association of Zanu-PF, adding that associations to the party could not dictate how he ran the party.

Mugabe said he was ready to tell the war veterans his mind when he met them at the City Sports Centre in Harare on Thursday.

Mugabe was expected to meet with the war veterans to discuss challenges affecting the former freedom fighters, as well as problems facing the party.

According to local media reports, Mugabe was under fire from the former freedom fighters, who were demanding that he took action against a seemingly "rogue faction" of the ruling party, known as Generation 40 (G40).  

The G40 was reportedly bent on blocking Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa from taking over from Mugabe when he finally left office.

The G40 was reportedly aligned to first lady Grace Mugabe, while the war veterans were believed to be aligned to Mnangagwa.

On arrival from an official state visit in the Far East last week, Mugabe told the liberation fighters that they should use party structures to raise their grievances.

"We will not allow the association to rule over us, never, never ever. We will not allow that. We have procedures in the party that need to be followed. We have a meeting on April 7 and we are going to tell them the truth," Mugabe was quoted saying.

NewsDay report, however, indicated that the war veterans were not taking Mugabe's threat lightly. 

According to the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) acting spokesperson, Douglas Mahiya, the veteran leader was misleading himself into believing that Zanu-PF was bigger than the former freedom fighters.

"We gave birth to Zanu-PF, so we have every right to know and ask how it is being run. Yes, leaders today may try to whip us and stop us from asking critical questions about the party, but that will not solve anything," Mahiya was quoted as saying.

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