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10/11/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
Sorry Teurai ... Victor Matemadanda
 
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WAR veterans have issued an unconditional apology to former Vice President Joice Mujuru for the role they played in her vilification and subsequent expulsion from Zanu PF.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary general Victor Matemadanda told New Zimbabwe this week that the ex-combatants wanted to offer an unreserved apology to the National People’s Party leader.

Matemadanda said the former fighters as well as ordinary members of Zanu PF had since realised the folly of blind loyalty to President Robert Mugabe.

“War veterans regret being used by Mugabe in hounding former Vice President Joice Mujuru out of Zanu PF. We believe that even the general membership of the party also feel just as much used.

“At the time we did not realise that Mugabe was using us in the expulsion of a genuine cadre of the struggle and party. When the leader of the country and party speaks about witchcraft and accusing his deputy it is difficult for people especially those at the grassroots to analyse and realise they are being taken up the garden path,” Matemadanda said.

“Now we realise how cunning Mugabe is. He will stop at nothing to get things his way. We have realised what our blind loyalty to Mugabe has done to our country”.

Mujuru was expelled from Zanu PF in December 2014 amid accusations she was behind a plot to unseat Mugabe.

The former Vice President lost her position in government and Zanu PF along with hordes of other senior officials among them then Cabinet ministers and no less than nine ruling party provincial chairpersons.

She was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa who has since been expelled and is no in exile claiming his life is in danger.

In the Zanu PF succession intrigue, the war veterans as well as sections of the army, threw their weight behind Mnangagwa and helped in Mujuru’s sacking passing disparaging remarks about her war credentials.

Matemadanda said the war veterans also understood the predicament that Mugabe’s supporters find themselves in.

“We understand the predicament that those still supporting Mugabe find themselves in.

We do not blame them and really Zimbabweans must forgive them. We also seek forgiveness because at the time we did not know and except for those at the very front of G40 few in Zanu PF understand Mugabe’s nature and manipulative tactics,” he said.



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“We followed Mugabe because we trusted him at the time as our leader. But if you listen now you realise accusations are part of his arsenal. He wants power at any cost”.

The war veterans, in a statement Wednesday said they had established a structure to lead the “recapture of Zanu PF” from Mugabe and his cronies.

The former fighters implored all former Zanu PF members including Mujuru, Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo and Dumiso Dabengwa to close ranks and fight Mugabe in next year’s general elections.


 
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