“Government, therefore, dismisses the said traitorous so-called communiquÃ© which is treasonable in the constitutional democracy that Zimbabwe is, with utter disdain and all the contempt that it deserves,” said Secretary for Welfare Services for War Veterans Brigadier-General (Retired) Walter Tapfumaneyi.
“While multi-agency investigations are underway to establish its origins, authorship, ownership and purpose which will bring all associated with it to justice, the ministry urges all patriotic veterans of the liberation struggle to remain loyal to His Excellency the President and to the party, to remain disciplined and principled while at the same time being wary of the divisive machinations of Zimbabwe’s detractors.â€
Loyalty is a double edged sword that cuts both ways; Mugabe cannot expect anyone, especial these rogue war veterans who have already betrayed the people by teaming up with him to impose this corrupt and tyrannical de facto one-party cum one-man dictatorship, to remain loyal to him when he has not been loyal to them. The root cause of this dog-eat-dog fight within Zanu PF itself and between Mugabe and the war veterans is that they are poor and hungry and are sick and tired of waiting for him to throw scraps at them.
Whilst they have betrayed the people, denying them their freedoms and rights including the right to free, fair and credible elections to ensure Mugabe and Zanu PF remain in power all these years. Talk of blind loyalty! He has promised them a good life but has never honoured his promise. When they tried to demand greater loyalty from them; he tear-gassed the lot! How is that for repaying someone for decades of blind loyalty!
Now that the war veterans know Mugabe has declared war on them they know this is going to be a fight to the finish and no-holds barred.
The regime cannot charge any of these rogue war veterans â€œtreason and trying to remove a democratically elected governmentâ€ because these men and women were the regimeâ€™s storm troopers who carried out its order to cheat, harass, beat, rape and even kill to impose Mugabeâ€™s no-regime-change mantra. One cannot cheat, harass, etc., etc. political opponents and the public at large and still claim to have been â€œdemocratically electedâ€; it is an oxymoron.
Mugabe is the one who granted the rogue war veterans carte blanche licences to ruthlessly to deny the people their freedoms and rights including committing murder. Many of these war veterans know they were committing high treason and hence the reason they have said nothing about their criminal activities, so far. The minute they feel threatened, they will sing!
If Mugabe arrest any of the war veterans for demanding that he resign; they will hit back by revealing the details showing how they helped him rig the elections. No one can ever be guilty of â€œtrying to remove a DEMOCRATICALLY elected governmentâ€ if can be shown that the same said government was if fact NEVER democratically elected in the first place.Post published in: Opinions