Harare - Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has blasted the country’s former freedom fighters after they allegedly issued a statement that criticised President Robert Mugabe last Thursday, a state-owned newspapers reported.
Recent reports indicated that in a rare public rebuke of the long-time president, the war veterans issued a statement decrying Mugabe's "dictatorial tendencies" and for presiding over a declining economy.
The veterans of the country's 1970s liberation war, and normally staunch allies of Mugabe, vowed they would not support him if he sought re-election in 2018.
According to the Herald, a Zanu-PF provincial chairpersons stated that they were alarmed by the recent communique that had attacked Mugabe.
Speaking on behalf of other provincial chairpersons, Midland deputy chairperson Daniel Mackenzie said that they were concerned over the contents of the press statement, which had undermined the southern African country’s long-time leader.
"Our concern is with the substance and form of the statement which impugns the person and office of the president of the republic of Zimbabwe and commander in chief of Zimbabwe defence forces and patron of the ZNLWVA," Mackenzie was cited saying.
Meanwhile, according to NewsDay, the ten provincial chairpersons have called for the immediate expulsion of all war veterans involved in the attack on Mugabe.
Mackenzie described the attacks on Mugabe as treasonous.
This comes just a day after the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) distanced itself from the press statement.
In another NewsDay report, the secretary of the former freedom fighters, Walter Asher Tapfumaneyi, vowed to root out those who have authored the damning Thursday communiqué.
- News 24