Some opposition politicians in Matabeleland provinces did not mourn the passing away of the former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe whom they accuse of bringing untold suffering onto the people of Zimbabwe.
MDC Bulawayo provincial spokesperson, Swethern Chiroodza castigated Mugabe for awarding former Rhodesian forces pensions while he impoverished ZIPRA cadres. He said:
Robert Mugabe presided over the misery and impoverishment of Zimbabweans.
He conspired with our erstwhile colonisers to protect himself after killing tens of thousands of our Ndebele compatriots.
He awarded former Rhodesian forces a handsome pension and impoverished ZIPRA cadres by grabbing ZIPRA properties and investments. He is a sad chapter in our history.
ZIPRA Veterans Association spokesperson Bester Magwizi condemned the late Mugabe for seizing ZIPRA properties. Said Magwizi:
On the issue of Gukurahundi Mugabe had so much hate of ZIPRA. He had no trust of ZIPRA cadres as ZIPRA forces were too advanced militarily and professionally. He took away ZIPRA properties and deprived them of their livelihood.