Mugabe 'orders' war vets to participate in Zanu-PF's million-man march

2016-05-13 12:34
Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

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Harare - President Robert Mugabe, 92, has ordered the embattled war veterans to attend the "million-man march", slated to take place on May 25, a NewsDay report said.

The 1970s war veterans had earlier threatened not to boycott the march, saying they had not been properly consulted.

A previous News 24 report said that the former freedom fighters had described the march as a complete "waste of scarce resources".

However, on Thursday, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) confirmed that members had been ordered to attend the march.

"It is no longer a million-man march, but a parade that has been called by the president. Now as military people, we have decided that we will take part because it is our leader who has called on us and not some ideologically bankrupt group with ulterior motives," ZNLWVA spokesperson Douglas Mahiya was quoted as saying.

The march was organised by Zanu-PF youths in honour of the nonagenarian.

Mahiya said they would attend the march in respect for Mugabe, as they could not defy a directive from their party leader.

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