Real war veterans reduced to helpless spectators by Tanonoka Joseph Whande

Tanonoka Joseph Whande

Tanonoka Joseph Whande
Monday 20 January 2014

I wonder if Zimbabwe will ever make a worse mockery of itself to beat taking Joseph Chinotimba seriously enough to actually swear him into parliament. This is the most disgusting thing ever to happen in our parliament.

Now the illiterate charlatan, who never fought in the war, is making foolish demands on behalf of what he called war veterans. He and some other unelected fools in parliament want a ministry of their own as if they did anything for Zimbabwe.

They are asking for a stand-alone ministry, which would cost us millions to establish and run, just so that they can have a center from which to direct their unruly behaviour. They want offices from which they will be paid for destroying the country.

But first, I must mourn the silence of the real war veterans who have always quietly stood by the sidelines and watched fake war veterans, like Chinotimba and Jabulani Sibanda, who never fought in the war, champion Mugabe’s causes through extortion, blackmail, murder and vice.

From the type of people we have been exposed to claiming to be war veterans, I am not convinced that the nation of Zimbabwe owes these thugs and murderers anything.

The war of which they claim to be veterans of was fought to bring protection, freedom and independence to the people – none of which has been delivered.

This group of murderers and extortionists has brought us more misery than we had before their arrival.

I concede that the intention was noble; I accept there was need to pick up the gun and bring independence, freedom and justice to our nation.

I accept that we needed to run our own country as we saw fit. To that end, our children flocked to join the war effort to liberate our country for very noble reasons.

What burns my heart though is that the aims of the revolution were discarded immediately after ZANU-PF came to power.

Suddenly, we found out that we were better off with the colonial oppressors than under our own African leaders.

Even the side-lining of the real war veterans is a clear indication of how the revolution was lost after it had been won.

So, who are these people who are being allowed to terrorise, murder, extort and blackmail the people of Zimbabwe? Who is behind them and why?

These are the very same people who were given demobilisation moneys and failed to use the money wisely. Do not talk to me about the money having been too little. We all work hard for little.

These are the same people who, we are told, forced the government to give them lump sums of money and Mugabe, foolish as he is and facing declining popularity at that time, acquiesced and gave each one of them thousands and thousands of dollars the nation could not afford.

That marked the decline and eventual collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar.

To this day, the nation has never recovered from that careless hand-out of money to undeserving people.

They kept making louder and louder noises, with encouragement from the old dictator who had now seen that people did not want him anymore. Mugabe abandoned any pretence of decent rule and used some of these hungry people, turning them into thugs to silence the people.

Mugabe created for them a department within the Ministry of Defence. Money was looted to smithereens by those same people who were supposed to benefit from it.

After receiving the money, they went on a rampage, buying watches for their goats and cabbages for their cattle.

Now, they are back again and they want a ministry of their own. They want their thuggery legitimised.

No, there should not be such a Ministry. The Department of Social Services can handle the real war veterans, none of whom should be below age 48 if we accept that one joined the struggle at twelve years, three years before independence in 1980.

My heart bleeds for the real war veterans who are themselves victims of Mugabe’s thugs who masquerade as war veterans.

My understanding of this scenario is that the real war veterans, those who participated and saw actual combat do not wish to see any conflict or war in Zimbabwe again because their experiences were extremely painful, physically, mentally and psychologically – not to mention the physical scars they still carry around.

These buffoons, Chinotimba and Sibanda, want money.

If they cared about war veterans, if they knew what war does to someone and if they had seen real war, they would not be asking for money.

They would be asking for something that could actually help war veterans, in real terms.

If Mugabe himself cared about war veterans, why is that today, 34 years after so-called independence, there is still not a single Veterans Memorial Hospital where these people could be afforded specialised treatment peculiar to their injuries, along with psychological and mental treatment?

The money that was lost by disbursing it to unworthy fake veterans could have been used to assist those who actually saw combat and received permanent emotional scars.

But, they are not war veterans.

They have been demanding money since way back when and they were paid and as soon as they accepted payment, they ceased to be liberators but became mercenaries in their own country.

Since they accepted payment, they are not our veterans but might be whatever they are to those who paid them.

The liberation of Zimbabwe was not by ZANU-PF or PF-ZAPU fighters alone. The villagers carried the brunt of the war.

The villagers would also need to be compensated for their losses and participation as well.

But why should anyone be paid for liberating their own country?

The real war veterans fought for freedom of the people; they fought for people to be free to decide what they wanted. The war was not fought so that other people would impose their will on others like we see today.

The heart of the matter is that real war veterans would have kept an eye on Mugabe and ZANU-PF to ensure that they uphold the intended goals of the liberation war; that Mugabe gave the people the freedom they so many sacrificed for.

They would not be beggars and extortionists who turn on their own innocent brothers and sisters but, instead, ensure that the flame of the revolution is keenly guarded for the benefit of all citizens.

Now these thugs masquerading as war veterans have stolen our lives. They have destroyed our country. They have killed our people and continue to do so.

They are blackmailing us as if we sent them to do what they did.

Because of them, we cannot enjoy our freedom, our independence and our country for which the ordinary Zimbabweans sacrificed so much.

Mugabe enlisted these fake war veterans to steal from the people, to kill our people, to rape and abuse our nation and to make room for thievery and vice that ZANU-PF is undertaking in Zimbabwe.

Yet, amongst us the real war veterans mingle silently because they too are victims of a good process they started in good faith but which has now been hijacked. They watch helplessly as their ultimate efforts are soiled. They have been robbed of their sacrifices, of their dignity and of their country. Their dreams lie in ruins as fake war veterans benefit at their expense.

I wish the real war veterans would come forward and save the nation from Mugabe and his thugs who are soiling the name of those who sacrificed so much for the liberation of our country.

Pasi na Robert Mugabe.

Pasi neZANU-PF.

I am Tanonoka Joseph Whande and that, my fellow Zimbabweans, is the way it is today, Monday, January 20th, 2014.

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113 Responsesto “Real war veterans reduced to helpless spectators by Tanonoka Joseph Whande”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    Nhai Tanonoka Whande zvinorevei zvaunonyora? Kunge wakazvidakirwa nemasese.

    ”If they cared about war veterans, if they knew what war does to someone and if they had seen real war, they would not be asking for money. They would be asking for something that could actually help war veterans, in real terms. If Mugabe himself cared about war veterans, why is that today, 34 years after so-called independence, there is still not a single Veterans Memorial Hospital where these people could be afforded specialised treatment peculiar to their injuries, along with psychological and mental treatment”?

    You mean they can ask for something else but not money. Oh my God, what does this mean? The war veterans can have something else but not money, you say. Does that something not cost money? I do not understand. Perhaps as a polished journalist who is cleverer than the one imposed on us in London you know very well, you could enlighten the Warvet.

    • Yepec says:

      If you have a simpler explanation on the article above that you are requesting then talk to the Editor and the writer for permission to substitute it. But if you do not have it and you do not understand what is written in this Article too or what transpires on this forum, then the other option left for you is to leave in search of the simpler version papers, like the Herald or Kwayedza. May be, you could find comfort in them since they would be in your league. However, that act alone leads readers to an inescapable conclusion that you did not understand the articles on which you commented .

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Haiwa Tanonoka Whande usatevere chirema nechiduutuwu ichi chinongoda kupindira panyaya yachisingazive. Pindura zvako iwe uneruzivo kwete zangairwa iri rinotaura serakadakwa nekachasu.

        • Yepec says:

          All along you have tried but failed to intimidate readers to accept your propaganda nonsense. Since nobody has paid attention to the threats, pleadings to the writers seems to be your new way of propagating these wares.

          Simpler way of writing, what happened to your studying law at the University? Ukaramba urimuno, zvichapera chete – kufumuka is the right word for it. You cannot use force or cowardly gang and brute methods to get your.way past others – you have to personally work hard for it

          Your pleadings for a simpler way of writing Articles in order to understand them, might be taken as a way showing that you are changing should it proven to be genuine. But beating your victims until they bleed profusely to death, is hard to swallow

          As to being drunk on “Kachasu”, “muzivi wenzira yeparuware ndiyemufambi wayo, vakuru havana kunyepa pavakatauraTsumo iyi”.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Wilber ndiwe unowirirana nezangairwa kana chitsiga ichi. Chibatei nechisimba muchiendese kuti njuzu kana madzimudzangara adzidzise muchikoro chaimo. Ingangotanga mugrade rechitatu. Akadakuramba kuenda kuchikoro, batai munhu uyu murove zvebasa kuti anzwe zvemazvirokwazvo. Pamwe angagone kunyora zvinoverengeka. Ndatambura kuziva kuti anorevei pose paanonyora chirudzi chenjuzu kana madzimudzangara.

          • Yepec says:

            If you did not understand what was being discussed in the Articles, then you must have stopped making those continuously ranting comments. What happened to your lawyer, university education?.Lawyers in Zimbabwe and the World over understand and represent the uneducated masses.

            Actually, people would rather you spend all your energies on typos than reading your nauseating renditions of beating helpless people until they profusely bleed to death. Is that something to be paraded as one of your accomplishments?

            Despite your intimidating and horror comments, you have miserably failed at your propaganda purpose Diasporans fled Zimbabwe where Mugabe, Zanu PF and the so called War Veterans have created a fiefdom for themselves (where they can freely abduct and kill people, loot and smuggle out the country’s resources).

            Go back to the drawing boards, for your overpowering and intimidation tactics have miserably failed fake, Chimbwido.Warvet. Furthermore, your various attempts at falsifying your cheating intentions have not succeeded. Try again.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Weduwee manzwa kuti kudii apa? Ndibatsireiwo, ini ndakoniwa vanhuweee. Kunge arikunyora Japanese kana Chinese. Nhamo inenharo vakomana nevasikana. Hanzi ndabaya mutauro wenjuzu. Manjeso? Kana tsoko kana bveni rikatonyora zvirinani.

          • Yepec says:

            Fake, Chimwido Warvet, you are finished given that you are just a Border Gezi Institute graduate. You once commented on this forum (in English), that the decision to permanently stay in Britain, made at the Zimbabwean Ceasefire Agreement, was an “educated guess”, of which you are very proud. But now, you cannot understand neither can you speak English “mutauro wenjuzu”.

            Given your close following of Articles and comments on the Forum, how do you know of what is being said? Who has been writing the intimidating and threatening comments in your name?.Surprisingly, you have not sued neither have you complained to the Editor about the impostor. Finally, one is made to wonder about your supposedly university, law studies in Britain?

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Ndibatsireiwo kuseka vanhuwee. Hanzi chii apa, purizi ndapota zvangu? Ko Wiribani aripiko asungirire kutu iyi pamuti kana pabango resimbi kuti isarume vanhu. Kubvira zuro ichingohukuru. Ndinovimba yavaneukasha whekudya kana munhu chaiye. Isungirirei pazidanda remuti wakatemwa makarekare kana zvanetsa. Kunyaudzwa kungapere vanhu vakava nerugare rusingapere, amen

          • Yepec says:

            Stop these strange antics in order to divert the attention of the readers or seeking their sympathy.Just answer the questions by stating your case, period. All this “kugegeda kwemeno (mazino), is not necessary neither were you doing this before in your comments.

          • Tanonoka Joseph Whande says:

            Yepec, do we have a Veterans Memorial Hospital anywhere in Zimbabwe? Do we have any places they can go for specialist medical attention?

            Why not?

            My point is that money is not to solve their problems.
            These people commendably interrupted their education to go to war to liberate the country. They returned to Zimbabwe without any technical or educational skills.
            They have been given money a couple of times already but that never could solve their problems. They needed physical, mental, psychological
            rehabilitation and counseling, which they never got.
            They have no skills to use to care for themselves and their families and demanding monetary hand-outs becomes the only way of
            survival and Mugabe has always taken advantage of that.
            Before money, they needed a lot of care and attention, which they never got. And, of course, the vulture was watching.
            The real war veterans are destitute today because Mugabe planned it so.
            The gentleman who wrote earlier on this page does not care to recognise how ZANU-PF ignored the freedom fighters and then used thugs
            in their place to prop up an unpopular government.
            Be that as it may, war veterans, fake or real, are so
            destitute that they beat up and kill the very people they liberated as a way, not to keep the revolution running but as a way to survive.
            Since return from war, Mugabe deliberately dangled raw meat in front of caged animals and he got the results.
            We have long ways to go to discover ourselves.

          • Tanonoka Joseph Whande says:

            Yepec, do we have a Veterans Memorial Hospital anywhere in Zimbabwe? Do we have any places they can go for specialist medical attention?

            Why not?

            My point is that money is not to solve their problems.
            These people commendably interrupted their education to go to war to liberate the country. They returned to Zimbabwe without any technical or educational skills.
            They have been given money a couple of times already but that never could solve their problems. They needed physical, mental, psychological
            rehabilitation and counseling, which they never got.
            They have no skills to use to care for themselves and their families and demanding monetary hand-outs becomes the only way of
            survival and Mugabe has always taken advantage of that.
            Before money, they needed a lot of care and attention, which they never got. And, of course, the vulture was watching.
            The real war veterans are destitute today because Mugabe planned it so.
            The gentleman who wrote earlier on this page does not care to recognise how ZANU-PF ignored the freedom fighters and then used thugs
            in their place to prop up an unpopular government.
            Be that as it may, war veterans, fake or real, are so
            destitute that they beat up and kill the very people they liberated as a way, not to keep the revolution running but as a way to survive.
            Since return from war, Mugabe deliberately dangled raw meat in front of caged animals and he got the results.
            We have long ways to go to discover ourselves.

          • Yepec says:

            If you did not understand what was being discussed in the Articles, then you must have stopped making those continuously ranting comments. What happened to your lawyer, university education?.Lawyers in Zimbabwe and the World over understand and represent the uneducated masses.

            Actually, people would rather you spend all your energies on typos than reading your nauseating renditions of beating helpless people until they profusely bleed to death. Is that something to be paraded as one of your accomplishments?

            Despite your intimidating and horror comments, you have miserably failed at your propaganda purpose Diasporans fled Zimbabwe where Mugabe, Zanu PF and the so called War Veterans have created a fiefdom for themselves (where they can freely abduct and kill people, loot and smuggle out the country’s resources).

            Go back to the drawing boards, for your overpowering and intimidation tactics have miserably failed fake, Chimbwido.Warvet. Furthermore, your various attempts at falsifying your cheating intentions have not succeeded. Try again.

  2. Common Sense says:

    This is really just criminals in parliament, nothing more, nothing less

  3. mike hondo says:

    If zanu pf and friends had not shamlessly plundered the war victims relief funds and every viable business as well as the banking system the economy and the currency all zimbabweans would have been rich enough to look after everyone in the country as well the war vets and the old retired people and those in need , instead they have brought ha hardship and misery to all zimbabweans both home and abroad

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      As a former soldier in the late Ian Smith’s you still enjoy your pension while in the United Kingdom although you were involved in killing my people during the war of liberation. No funds were ever plundered but were paid to the war veterans to be at par with those they fought against during the war. You benefited from your crimes but you did not want the war veterans to earn a decent living after the war. That is not wise, my rhodie friend.

      • mike hondo says:

        I will remind you that i was fifteen years old in 1980 and that makes me 48 years old far too young to be living off any pension that i do not have, i work long hard hours to earn my money ,no problem and i dont mind if the true war veterans got any monies just as long as it didnt bankrupt the country as it turns out it did and that is a fact you cannot deny. How much did you get?

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