War veterans have warned former president Robert Mugabe that his plot to cause instability and division between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy, Vice President General (Retired) Constantino Chiwenga will not work. The former freedom fighters warned Mugabe that they had learned their lessons and were not going to be swayed by his tactics of causing division for his own benefit. This comes after Mugabe told guest at his 94th birthday party that Chiwenga had tried to mend relations between Mugabe and Mnangagwa in November when the military launched Operation Restore Legacy.
Speaking to NewsDay, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association secretary-general Victor Matemadanda said:
(Vice-president Retired Commander Defence Forces General Constantino) Chiwenga and Mnangagwa are not going to be divided by a 94-year-old power-hungry man who thinks he is the best thing to have happened to this country.
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Unfortunately, Mugabe wants to project an image of a Chiwenga who cannot think on his own, he wants to paint a picture of a General who was arm-twisted into action by someone sitting in a foreign land. That will not work.
…Mugabe has divided us for too long to his advantage and that will not be allowed ever again. Here is a man who got so drunk with power that he thought the loyalty that people accorded him was a sign of foolishness,” the war veterans chief said.
…People fought and killed each other in his name as he watched. He was happy because it allowed him to keep power. Now we have learnt our lesson. Mugabe was behind every factional fight that ever happened especially in Zanu-PF and that allowed him to retain power for 37 years.