Tuesday, 20 September 2016


President Robert Mugabe and his desperate Zanu PF have turned to former liberation war collaborators for support ahead of the 2018 elections, after falling out with their traditional allies, war veterans.

Up until the recent fallout, war veterans had for long been a key pillar of support for Mugabe’s 36-year grip on power, unleashing a reign of terror against his long-time rival, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, and his supporters mainly in rural areas.

After members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) openly declared that the 92-year-old leader had failed and must step down immediately, the panicky Zanu PF has quickly roped in the Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators’ Association (Ziliwaco) to help prop up its waning fortunes.

The party’s youth league is now working closely with Ziliwaco members, holding rallies in rural constituencies, as they roll out their 2018 campaign.

Following a meeting between the Zanu PF youth league and Ziliwaco in Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe last week, the association’s chairperson, Pupurai Togarepi, confirmed the newly-formed relationship.

“The majority of Ziliwaco members are Zanu PF so it is normal that whenever the party has programmes of any nature we work together closely,” Togarepi told the Daily News yesterday.

The new-found love between the two organisations comes at a time Ziliwaco is demanding an audience with Mugabe to register their displeasure over government’s failure to compensate them for the role they played during the liberation struggle against British colonialists.

In an earlier interview with the Daily News, Togarepi said he was under pressure from the war collaborators to force through a meeting with Mugabe over the issue.

This was on the back of promises by War Veterans Welfare minister, Tshinga Dube, to vet their war credentials, with a view to compensate them in the same way war veterans were.
Togarepi said Ziliwaco members ordered him to organise a meeting with Mugabe or begin preparations to sue the government for breach of constitutional provisions.

“War collaborators are angry, even with me. They somehow think I have somehow benefited from the positions I have in the ruling party to the extent that I have now mellowed on our demands to be recognised just as what happened with war veterans,” said Togarepi.

“Our members bore the brunt of the war because these were civilians with no defence of any sort of security, but who dealt with both the enemy and the liberation fighters. In most instances, they turned into the biggest victims because they could not be trusted by both sides,” he said at the time. Daily news


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