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Ex-minister slams Mugabe over recent arrests of war vets

01 August 2016, 12:54

Harare – Zimbabwe’s former war veterans minister, Christopher Mutsvangwa, has blasted President Robert Mugabe over the recent arrests of two national executives of the former freedom fighters' association, a report said over the weekend.

According to NewsDay, the former minister has called on Mugabe to stop the persecution of the war veterans.

Mutsvangwa warned that if the hate speech and persecution of the former freedom fighters was not stopped, the country could head towards a civil "insurrection".

He has since called for sober reflection and guarded action, adding that the real threat to Mugabe’s administration was not from any quarter, but from the country’s dying economy.

"Let us conduct ourselves like a nation that fought one of Africa’s thoroughly modern wars. We have a historical record of cogent threat analysis," Mutsvangwa was quoted as saying.

According to News24, Douglas Mahiya, spokesperson for the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, was arrested last week on Wednesday in Harare.

A family lawyer confirmed the arrest, but declined to comment further.

Meanwhile, the ex-freedom fighters’ secretary Victor Matemadanda was taken from his rural home in Gokwe after being summoned for police questioning a day later. 

Their arrests came just a week after the group had issued a statement in which they slammed Mugabe's "dictatorial tendencies" and accused him of presiding over a declining economy.

The veterans of the country's 1970s liberation war, normally staunch allies of Mugabe, vowed they would not support him if he sought re-election in 2018.

- News 24


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