Zimbabwe’s war veterans of the 1960s liberation struggle have attacked the United States for rebranding the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act laying down strict conditions for renewed relations between the two nations.
The war veterans also attacked former president Robert Mugabe, who was toppled in a defacto military coup last November, for supporting the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa challenging the outcome of the recent presidential poll won by incumbent president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
War veterans leader Victor Matemadanda led the charge claiming that USA wants to economically suffocate Zimbabwe together with Mugabe and the MDC Alliance.
On Chamisa’s links with Mugabe, Matemadanda said, “While we do not want to interfere with the internal affairs and management of the MDC, we believe that it is up to the real MDC people to stand up and reclaim their party from Chamisa who is now abusing it and working with failed politicians like Robert and Grace Mugabe, Job Sikhala, Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube and many others who either dumped or were dumped by the MDC when Tsvangirai was still alive. He must be turning in his grave.”
“As for the Mugabes, the naiveté of Chamisa is exposed by the fact that during the November revolution (Operation Restore Legacy), the young man joined us in condemning Mugabe who caused the disappearance of MDC activists like Itai Dzamara. All of a sudden, Mugabe has become a saint and a darling to Chamisa. That is why we say that he should not get support from real MDC people.”
War veterans have over the years campaigned for the ruling Zanu PF party.
According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the recent presidential election was won by Mnangagwa who got 50.6 percent of the votes cast while Chamisa received 44.39 percent.