Heroes Acre: Mugabe praises his generals

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Wednesday praised the country’s service chiefs, describing them as the best of a war veterans’ corps who deserve their current lofty government positions.

Cdes Victoria Chitepo and Vivian Mwashita

Cdes Victoria Chitepo and Vivian Mwashita

The veteran leader was addressing thousands of mourners who thronged the national shrine Wednesday afternoon for the burial of liberation war heroines Victoria Chitepo and Vivian Mwashita.

In his address, which was largely in Shona, Mugabe cast back to the liberation war period during which he was elevated to become Zanu leader after the death of Hebert Chitepo, husband to the late heroine.

The Zanu PF leader said when he later formed his government when the country attained independence, he saw it fit to deploy war veterans in the country’s security establishments.

“Musvo wavo ndowatakasarudza (we chose the cream of the war veterans). Even the police, it was the same. (Augustine) Chihuri was an instructor to others, even prisons, (Paradzayi) Zimondi, it is the same.

“So all bear the badge; war veteran, war veteran, all of them.”

Chihuri is the current police Commissioner General while Zimondi is Prisons and Correctional Services Commissioner General.

Mugabe’s positive comments about security commanders he has accused of meddling in his party’s messy succession fights is a breath of fresh air for the generals who now live in anguish fearing demotion or, worse, dismissal.

His comments are also an affirmation for war veterans who have been under siege from Zanu PF’s increasingly influential Generation 40 group.

G40, the more adventurous of the two feuding Zanu PF factions has come under fire from the Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa led ‘Team Lacoste’ group for allegedly scolding Mugabe’s militant support base.

Mugabe has seemingly opted to break ranks with his liberation war peers to land open support for a group that is rooting for his wife Grace to become his successor.

 

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