Ex-ZIPRA vets warn military leaders to respect will of people

ZIPRA fighters at the time of independence

Staff Writer
06 December 2012

Senior commanders from ZAPU’s former military wing, ZIPRA, have said the military should respect the outcome of next year’s election results.

For the first time in many years, the ex-ZIPRA members convened a meeting in Bulawayo and unanimously agreed to issue a statement urging the security forces to respect the one-man, one-vote principle.

The statement was published in the country’s newspapers on Wednesday and will pour cold water over repeated threats by ZANU PF linked army generals, who have vowed not to allow a candidate without liberation war credentials to succeed Robert Mugabe.

The former commanders said Zimbabweans and former freedom fighters are perturbed about pronouncements reported by the media, regarding the choice of the country’s future leaders.

‘The generally expressed view has been that ex-combatants shall recognise only those leaders who have liberation war credentials. The position of the former ZIPRA High Command is that we will support the person who respects the ideals and values of the liberation struggle.

‘We will support anyone who recognises that the effort to liberate the country was premised on the concept of one-man, one-vote, to be a democratic principle which respects the will of the people will carry the support of former freedom fighters,’ the ex-ZIPRA commanders said.

Top military commanders like Brigadier-Generals Trust Mugoba, Douglas Nyikayaramba and Martin Chedondo, have issued countless threats since 2002 that no party other than ZANU PF would be allowed to rule Zimbabwe.

Our Bulawayo correspondent Lionel Saungweme said the ZIPRA statement was a major boost to all democratic forces in the country. He said the stance by the ex-commanders would reverberate far and wide beyond the Zimbabwe borders.

‘I think it’s a statement of intent that they would not sit and watch the military suppressing the will of the people. ZAPU, as a former liberation war movement, has many friends in Southern Africa who would be keen to follow the events unfolding in Zimbabwe,’ Saungweme said.

8 Responsesto “Ex-ZIPRA vets warn military leaders to respect will of people”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    The staff writer for SW Radio Africa should provide the readership with the names of these guys. It will also be interesting to know the positions they hold in society at the present moment and who they represent. Otherwise, the above article is hanging in the air and consequently is meaningless. Kana varivana kapoto hazvina basa zvavarikutaura. Tinoda kuziva kuti ndivanaani varikutaura izvi uyezve vatitaurire kuti vakamirira ani panyaya iyi.

    • Anonymous says:

      Vakamirira ruzhinji rweZimbabwe kuti zvabuda pasarudzo zvinofanira kuremekedzwa kwete kuti akarwa hondo ndiye anofanira kutungamira nyika.

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Hongu dumbu, asika ini ndirikuti ndivanaani varikutaura izvi. Kana vakamirira mhomho yeZimbabwe, ko ngavabudeke pachena kuti isu veruzhinji tizive zvinangwa zvavo. Hapana chakaipa kana vachidawo kupinda mu politics asika ngavazikanwe nevanhu kuti ndivangana kuti zvireve chinhu. As it is, it is just a useless exercise which carries no meaning to the rest of us.

        • Anonymous says:

          Inga ma Pikicha avo aripo ayo vakabata magidi. Asika zvavataura tazvinzwa.Shoko rafamba. Uyezve tanzwa kuti ve ZIPRA. Inga wani kana zvikanzi ma War vets tinoziva kuti ndiana nhingi we ZanuPF less than 30yrs old for that matter !

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Ini chandirikuda kuziva kuti ndivanangana chete chete. Handisikuda zvakawanda blazo. Kozvinemunyu ndizvozvinei shaz?

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Oh Gosh, no no Aah, by the way, you look good, mate. Do you, do you, really live in Harare, mate?

    • Common Sense says:

      Shame, is your nose out of joint because some of your comrades-in-arms don’t agree with your one sided ignorance?

      Give it a day or so and you will see the statement in the Public press too

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Of course, the former Zipra forces are my comrades-in-arms, no doubt about that. But the question that has not been answered is who are they in our society and who do they represent? Unless we understand these fundamental questions, any statement in the press attributed to unknown individuals will be hollow and meaningless.