Former close allies turn rivals after five decades


HARARE – Fighters of the ZIMBABWE war of liberation have invited former Vice President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA to attend a massive meeting they plan to hold this month.

ZIMBABWE Liberation War Veterans Association Spokesperson DOUGLAS MAHIYA is quoted in the media as saying Mr MNANGAGWA is a war veteran and should join them when they meet on the 18TH of NOVEMBER.

He says the gathering at ZIMBABWE Grounds in the capital, HARARE, will involve the former fighters and all citizens who took part in the struggle for the SADC country against BRITISH colonial rule.

The government this week issued a statement saying President ROBERT MUGABE has dismissed Mr MNANGAGWA from office for allegedly being disloyal, disrespectful and deceitful.

Information Minister SIMON KHAYA MOYO made the announcement at a media conference after a Presidential Youth Interface rally held SATURDAY at WHITE CITY Stadium in the commercial capital, BULAWAYO.

Delegates heard from FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE, amid booing from the crowd, that Mr MNANGAGWA was working against the Head of State and her own elevation to the vice presidency; yet he imposed his wife onto his constituency when he joined the presidium.

President MUGABE also made the same sentiments against his deputy at the same venue, saying he would not hesitate to boot Mr MNANGAGWA out at any time – which he did within ONE day.

War Veterans Association Spokesperson MAHIYA says the former VP should not attend a ZANU PF Special Congress planned for this DECEMBER and, instead, attend their national gathering.

He says they have invited everyone, including political parties challenging ZANU PF as well as young people who want to see progress in the country, and the organisers have arranged for trains to ferry people from BULAWAYO and MUTARE cities.

The developments in the ZIMBABWEAN politics come as political parties outside government have formed a coalition to contest general elections next year and the Head of State has fallen out with most of his fellow liberation war fighters./Sabanews/cam

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