THE chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa, has lauded President Mugabe saying he is a great listener.
He said it was folly for critics to think that war veterans would disobey or ditch their commander as they have a better appreciation of his great wisdom than anyone.
“We want to hail the visionary leadership of President Mugabe as our patron. We know of his astute leadership better than anyone as he is our commander. He has given us an opportunity to say out our grievances and he listened . . . he’s a great listener,” said Cde Mutsvangwa. He said President Mugabe had promised to address most of their grievances and expectations were high that the freedom fighters would be better off.
“We asked our patron on the need to review upwards our allowances and he is looking into that. Treasury is seized with the matter, so is our children’s fees. All children of the war veterans should benefit and President Mugabe has already directed Treasury to release money. Some have received the fees although there are others yet to benefit,” Cde Mutsvangwa
Mutsvangwa said they welcome the Zanu–PF Youth League’s call for unity and urged all ex-combatants to shun factionalism. The war veterans leader also saluted the visionary and iconic leadership of their patron, President Robert Mugabe, saying they have a better appreciation of his astute skills than anyone.
Speaking during an inter-provincial meeting at Masvingo Polytechnic College on Saturday, Cde Mutsvangwa hailed Zanu-PF deputy youth secretary Kudzai Chipanga’s call for unity when he addressed the wing’s members during the one-million-man march last week in Harare.
The Masvingo meeting was attended by among others the Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Cde Shuvai Mahofa, war veterans spokesperson Douglas Mahiya and Zaka West MP Cde Paradzai Chakona.
“As war veterans we support the call by Youth deputy Secretary Cde Chipanga to work together for the cause of the party. We remain the vanguard of the party and we should be seen supporting all activities under Zanu-PF. “What we don’t want is factionalism in the party and those perpetrating this vice should be expelled forthwith. We don’t want anything called G40 or Lacoste. People who fan factionalism here in Masvingo need to be disciplined,” said Cde Musvangwa.