Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is set to meet the country’s ex-freedom fighters, a week after some of them launched an attack on him, state-owned newspapers reported on Wednesday.
According to the Herald newspaper, the meeting would take place at an unnamed venue in Harare on Wednesday.
War veterans secretary for lands, George Matenda, was quoted as saying that the meeting was aimed at pledging support for Mugabe as the long-time ruler was facing mounting problems.
"It is a solidarity meeting with our patron. All comrades are invited to come and show their support to their patron," Matenda said.
In a rare public rebuke, a group of war veterans issued a statement last Thursday, 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.
This week, the ruling Zanu-PF said they were alarmed by the statement.
The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association distanced itself from the press statement. Secretary of the former freedom fighters, Walter Asher Tapfumaneyi, said the association would root out those who wrote statement.