Tensions remained high between war veterans and the Zanu PF establishment on Monday, days after the former fighters called for President Robert Mugabe to step down, calling him a dictator who has destroyed the country.
The veterans of the liberation war came up with the position at a highly-charged meeting in the capital, Harare, last week where they vowed never to vote for Mr. Mugabe again.
But the government has since dismissed them and launched an investigation into what it’s calling a “traitorous” and “treasonable” act by the freedom fighters.
“Government dismisses the said traitorous communique, which is treasonable in the constitutional democracy that Zimbabwe is, with utter disdain and all the contempt that it deserves,” the Ministry of War Veterans said in a statement.
“The Ministry urges all patriotic veterans of the liberation struggle to remain loyal to His Excellency the President and to the party, to remain disciplined and principled while, at the same time being wary of the divisive machinations of Zimbabwe’s detractors.”
But political analyst Rejoice Ngwenya dismissed the government threats saying there is nothing treasonous about telling Mugabe to abdicate power.