The war veterans are demanding that President Robert Mugabe should clear the air on Professor Jonathan Moyo and either acknowledge him as someone who is following the President’s lead or discipline him for his continued criticism of Command Agriculture. The war veterans also accused President Mugabe of practising double standards when it comes to Prof. Moyo, saying that he is allowed to get away with issues other members get disciplined for.
Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association secretary-general, Victor Matemadanda, said:
Mugabe chairs Cabinet, which adopted the command agriculture programme, Moyo was part of that decision-making and then comes out to rabidly oppose it. There can only be two things at play here: Either the President is playing everyone for fools and he is sending Moyo, as he claims to his friends: or there is lack of decisive action on Mugabe’s part.
Moyo is telling anybody who cares to listen that he has Mugabe’s blessings in everything he does. We are now beginning to believe him. Otherwise, how else does one get away with such kind of intransigence?
The President does not need a rally to deal with Moyo because he can call him to order anytime. Is it not a case of double standards that when Tshinga Dube (War Veterans minister) urged for open succession discussion and the President to groom or anoint a successor, he was called in just after Cabinet for a reprimand, but not Moyo despite his declarations that Sekeramayi is fit to take over,