Zimbabwean war veterans have vowed not to give up in their fight against Mugabe after the president tongue-lashed them last week Thursday.
The spokesman for the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA), Douglas Mahiya said the war veterans are planning to meet and discuss their reply to Mugabe’s threats.
The feud unfolded when the War veterans endorsed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed the nonagenarian president.
Mugabe who is a war veteran himself said:
“War veterans must know that it is politics that leads the gun, not vice versa, as the war veterans are not bosses of the party.
Are we seeing another dissident rise and activity again? The dissidents tried it and failed.”
‘Dissidents’being a word used to describe insurgents who were defeated by a North Korean-trained military unit in a campaign known as Gukurahundi in the 80s.
The outbursts by the president were taken unkindly and sparked a lot of criticism.
Mugabe’s opposition are strengthening due to widespread refusal of the downtrodden state of Zimbabwe. In his party, it is being rumored that his wife, Grace is a likely successor although the president has quelled such rumors stating that his successor will be democratically elected. The vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa is also rumored to succeed him which is probably the reason the war veterans have endorsed him.
On the opposing side, former member of the ruling ZANU-PF as well as former vice president of Zimbabwe, Joice Mujuru has formed a new party to compete against Mugabe.
The leader of the main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) has also publicly shown his zest to see Mugabe Dethroned.