ED war veterans clash
By Kundai Maponga
GLOVES are off after a section of war veterans dumped Zanu PF and the Christopher Mutsvangwa led Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, saying they are now detached from the people and have become home to misgovernance and corruption.
The war veterans who were speaking at the launch of a new body for the freedom fighters Zimbabwe Liberation Platform (ZLP), said it was time to take an apolitical stance which would allow them to challenge corrupt political leaders and discuss national issues without taking sides or feeding on patronage.
“We are here to inform this nation, the region and the world that as veteran freedom fighters of Zimbabwe we have decided to have a non-partisan organization to represent the collective interests of the nation, according to the terms and spirit of our Constitution. We promise to execute our duty of ensuring total emancipation of our people from all forms of exploitation, oppression and injustice,” Karen Kazingizi, one of the war liberators said.
War veterans have been at the centre of violent and bloody elections campaign for Zanu PF especially in 2008 were they led a clampdown on MDC supporters, maiming and killing many.
Kazingizi said the war veterans were brain washed and have been living in fear of their leaders owing to their past training during the liberation struggle.
She said they have however broken the chain after realising that if they don’t speak the future of the nation will fail in the hands of selfish leaders who have hijacked the cause and intention of the liberation struggle for personal gain.
“We were afraid to speak out in the past, but now we have gathered courage we do not fear anymore, we don’t want to leave a legacy of fear for our children, so that they can also guard the sovereignty and integrity of this country well, this is now your time but how will you be able to deal with it if you don’t know what happened in the past,” Kazingizi said
The war vets have therefore urged the political leaders to move away from all the shenanigans which have brought the suffering of many people.
“To political party leaders and their followers, we note with sadness your political gimmicks and all shenanigans, corruption, theft, destructive individualism and self-aggrandizement that have brought our nation to its knees,” Kazingizi said.
The war vets demanded that all the looted wealth should be returned to the people and perpetrators brought to book.