[WAR VETERANS' COMMUNIQUE ON THE STATE OF ZIMBABWE'S ECONOMY, THE ZANU (PF) PARTY LEADERSHIP AND THE WAY FORWARD FOR THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE (UNEDITED)] – ጽማቝ ትርጉም ብትግርኛ ዘጠቓለለ
There are problematic issues that have caused concern and restlessness to Zimbabwe's War Veterans. As a result, the War Veterans from the country's ten provinces, including all district chairpersons and representatives from all economic and other sectors, decided
There are problematic issues that have caused concern and restlessness to
Zimbabwe's War Veterans. As a result, the War Veterans from the country's ten
provinces, including all district chairpersons and representatives from all economic
and other sectors, decided to meet and deliberate on these issues, on this, the 21st
day of July 2016. Following that meeting, it has been unanimously resolved to issue
1. Recalling the ideals of the National Liberation Struggle in which the blood of the
departed heroes was shed in order to address the National question;
2. Reaffirming the Founding Provisions in Chapter 1of the Constitution of the
Republic of Zimbabwe, in particular Section 3 thereof, which enunciates the
supremacy of the Constitution; the rule of law; the fundamental human rights and
freedoms; good governance; as well as the entrenched recognition of, and respect for,
the liberation struggle;
3. Remembering the heroic success of the national liberation struggle, culminating in
the birth of our Republic, the Republic of Zimbabwe, thereby igniting in our new
nation and people, hopes for a better life in the New Zimbabwe;
4. We, the surviving Veterans of the War of Liberation, secure in the historical
support that we cultivated selflessly among the broad masses of Zimbabwe, make
this statement, to spell out our disappointment, and those of the broad masses and
working people of Zimbabwe, at what is clearly ZANU (PF)'s abhorable and poor
leadership, and to articulate the wishes of the broad masses, together with the
working people of this great country. The ZANU (PF) Party Leadership has dismally
failed to use the resounding mandate given to it in the 2013 general election, to
address the economic l' problems that have beset our great nation since
independence from British rule.
5. We note, with concern, shock and dismay, the systematic entrenchment of
dictatorial tendencies, personified by the President and his cohorts, which I" have
slowly devoured the values of the liberation struggle in utter disregardof the
Constitution, as demonstrated by the following:
The deliberate neglect and abandonment, by the Party President of the masses,
who are the foundation upon which the liberation war was fought and won, and
who have, thereby, become the bedrock of the Party. Suddenly, ideologically
bankrupt million man marches are being organized in honour of bankrupt
leadership! The same leadership has failed to address the bread and butter issues
which stick out like a sore thumb.
The systematic decimation of the party political structures through which the
militarised and mobilized veterans prosecuted the struggle.
When Mr. Robert Gabriel Mugabe arrived in Mozambique, he walked in to join
those of us who were already armed and prosecuting the war as political soldiers.
He was not the President of the Party ZANU (PF), but we made him so, thinking
he was one of us. Our decision to make him the President of ZANU (PF) was
accepted here at home, regionally by the Frontline States, and internationally.
The President forgets that his release from JAIL was not out of sympathy by his
jailers, but because of our war effort. That is why, after his release, he joined us.
Yet, today, he refers to us as irrelevant! This depicts the President's lifetime
character of always manipulating situations, and delineating others from vantage
positions for his personal interests.
None of the President's political colleagues in prison have benefitted from
Zimbabwe's independence the way he has, as he has put all his effort in sidelining
The President's systematic elimination of those in the struggle's leadership in
Mozambique, and his continued outfoxing of colleagues in leadership after
independence up to this day, is unmistaken;
The current situation, whereby the Party is fragmented with formations, so-called
factions, is clearly the President's project, again to outfox his peers in leadership;
The President has always thrived on divide and rule tactics in order to protect his
party presidential position, each time he has felt threatened. Examples go a long
way to pre independence. However, recent examples are of interest, where the
Gamatox faction was created out of nowhere, its so-called members being charged
with all sorts of crimes, including treason. Then followed new creations, the
President's own G40 to look after his interests, and some Lacoste, a label of those
who might be in positions to challenge the President. Typical of this president, he
has mobilized those of his Gamatox nemesis to boost his G40 project, rewarding
them with all sorts of gifts, including ministerial posts, despite the charges
originally made against them.
After independence, the Party’s successes at elections have always been predicated
on our political campaigns. To date, the Party still remains strong in the rural areas,
yet the Party President thinks wehave no right to challenge his bigoted political views
in terms of which we should be restricted to discussing welfare issues when he has
turned the party into his personal project where expulsions are the only known
His persecution, decimation and expulsion of War Veteran members from the Party
under his watch are legendary. From the days of the liberation struggle to date,
history records that his egocentric approach to party and national politics has led to
the demise of many a party member, on flimsy grounds. We say not anymore! Never
again shall we allow him such free reign.
As War Veterans, we are dismayed by the President's tendency to indulge, in his
usual vitriol against perceived enemies, including peaceful protesters, as well as War
Veterans, when the economy is on its knees. He has a lot to answer for the serious
plight of the national economy. His distaste and disregard of divergent views is
unfathomable and must be stopped. We are dedicated to stop this rot which he has
nursed over time, to everyone’s disgust.
The labeling of peaceful War Veterans as dissidents induces in us a sense of shock,
dismay and revulsion in light of the history of the 1980's. It will be recalled that our
fellow War Veterans and masses in the western region suffered brutal purges which
only the Unity Accord pacified. Particularly worrisome in this context is the fact that,
whilst the man has dismissed that sad period as "a moment of madness", such
language belies his insincerity in the Unity Accord. He should be extending an
honestly remorseful regret over this foul deed, yet he appears to extol this as some
macabre virtue. His continued resort to genocidal language should worry every right
thinking citizen as to his true nature. This is unacceptable to the memories of those
who perished during that time.
We need not remind the Party President and First Secretary that respect for those in
leadership should not be equated to fear. We do not subscribe to the idea of
unbridled exercise of power without consultation, where threats of genocidal
magnitude are made against us. He should be reminded that he remains the major
beneficiary of the National War effort at every stage including the Unity Accord. He
has used the privilege of leadership to build a patronage system around him, which
has turned into a personality cult. It therefore shocks us to the core that, gauging
from his recent statements, he now wishes to turn the present young generation
against us for his own continued personal aggrandizement.
The Land Reform Programme, which was a historical culmination of the valiant
liberation struggle, made more land available to the State. The President and his
hangers-on, to our utter dismay, now uses that land as reward for his foot soldiers,
who have become his personal mercenaries. These mercenaries, strangely, are
getting urban land as reward for destroying the War Veterans' legacy and the Party
and, with it, the national heritage. We stand firm and resolute in the defence of that
legacy. The tragic consequences for the hare-brain decisions are there for the nation
His leadership has presided over unbridled corruption and down right
mismanagement of the economy, leading to national economic ruin for which the
effects are now felt throughout the land.
The lack of leadership manifests itself in the following examples: –
The multiple ZESA scandals;
Chiadzwa diamond fields;
Public management and financial scandals replete in numerous Comptroller and
Proliferation of land barons through systematic land-grabbing by those in
positions of authority;
Parceling out urban land on partisan grounds, thereby rendering urban authorities
Distribution of national assets at Party rallies thereby depriving deserving
Commandeering and frog-marching parastatals' financial resources to fund party
political functions to the detriment of the public purse and public welfare.
The above instances demonstrate beyond any reasonable doubt that the party leader
has absolutely no clue as to the difference between public funds earned from taxation
of the people, and private individual income. It is our sacred duty as the vanguard of
the people to speak out against these instances of maladministration and misrule.
This rot needs to be uprooted, and right now.
We noted with regret that when some of us peacefully gathered around Harare, the
leadership unashamedly and in humiliating fashion, tear-gassed and water-cannoned
us for no reason. Regrettably, the general citizenry has previously been subjected to
this inhuman and degrading treatment without a word of disapproval from us. That
time has passed. We wish to categorically condemn the brutal oppression of the
freedom of expression, whether as exercised by ourselves or by anyone else.
We therefore abhor tances where the instruments of State power have been used
brutalise private citizens who share our desire to exercise our constitutionally
entrenched rights and freedoms. As the vanguard of the liberation struggle we
categorically reject the notion that those expressing views different to those that we
hold are agents of foreign powers or agents and therefore enemies of the State. This
notion, which to us is a diversionary tactic, contemptuously implies that
Zimbabweans lack the capacity to rationalize issues; think through their problems
and take decisive action against clear evidence of · misrule.
Instruments of State power in the hands of a responsible administration remain
constitutionally bound to defend and uphold the Constitution, the rule of law and
defend the sovereignty of the Republic of Zimbabwe. We therefore condemn the use
of excessive force by the State against the citizens who were peacefully exercising
their right to demonstrate against poor governance. We demand that those who
exceeded the call of duty be held accountable in terms of the Constitution of
Zimbabwe. We further demand that the State and all its actors respect, promote,
protect and uphold our Constitution.
In view of the above, we the veterans of Zimbabwe’s war of liberation, together with
our toiling masses, hereby declare that, henceforth, in any forthcoming elections, will
not support such a leader who has presided over untold suffering of the general
population for his own personal aggrandizement and that of his cronies.
ጽማቝ ናይቲ ንፕረዚደንት ሮበርት ሙጋበ ደገፍ ንምንፋግ ብገዲም ተጋደልቲ ዚምባብወ እተዋህበ ህዝባዊ መግለጺ
ነቶም ናይ ዚምባብወ ገዲም ተጋደልቲ ኣብ ከቢድ ሓሳብ ዘእተዉ ጉዳያት ተኸሲቶም ኣለዉ። በዚ መሰረትዚ ናይታ ሃገር ዓሰርተ ኣውራጃታት ገዲም ተጋደልትን ኩላቶም ሊቀመንበራት ወረዳታትን፡ ወኪላት ቁጠባውን ካልኦት ሰክቶራትን ሓምለ 21-2016 ተራኺቦም ብዛዕባዚ ኩነታት ኪዝትዩ ወሲኖም። እዚ ዚስዕብ እምበኣር በቲ ኣኼባ ዝወጸ መግለጺ እዩ።
- ነቲ ንሃገራዊ ሕቶ ንምቕዳም ናይቶም ስዉኣት ደም ዝፈሰሰሉ ናይቲ ሓርነታዊ ቃልሲ ራእያት ብምዝካር፣
- ነቶም ኣብ ቅዋም ሃገረ ዚምባብወ ምዕራፍ 10 ዝሰፈሩ መሰረታውያን ዓንቀጻት ብምርግጋጽ፡ ብፍላይ ድማ ነታ ናይ ቅዋም ልኡላውነት፡ ግዝኣተ ሕጊ፡ መሰረታውያን መሰላትን ናጽነትን ወድሰብ፡ ሰናይ ምሕድራ ከምኡውን ነቲ ሓርነታዊ ቃልሲ እትኣምንን እተኽብርን ናይቲ ቅዋም ክፍሊ 3 ብምርግጋጽ፣
- ነቲ ንሃገርና፡ ንረፑብሊክ ዚምባብወ ዘበሰረን ኣብ ውሽጥና ድማ ናይ ዝሓሸ ህይወት ተስፋ ዝወለዐ፡ ዕዉት ሓርነታዊ ቃልሲ ብምዝካር፣
- ንሕና፡ ጌና ብህይወት ዘሎና ገዲም ተጋደልቲ፡ በቲ ኣብ ህዝቢ ዘሎና ደገፍ ተኣማሚንና፡ እቲ ኣብቲ ዛኑ ፓርቲ ዘሎ ዘሕዝንን ድኹምን መሪሕነት ኣባናን ኣብ ሓፋሽ ህዝቢ ዚምባብወ ዘኸተሎ ተስፋ ምቝራጽ ንገልጽ ኣሎና። በዚ ድማ ነቲ ናይ ሓፋሽ ህዝቢ ድሌታት ድምጺ ንህቦ ኣሎና። መሪሕነት ዛኑ ፓርቲ ነቲ ኣብ 2013 እተገብረ ሓፈሻዊ ምርጫ እተዋህቦ ዓቢ ሓላፍነት ተጠቒሙ ነቲ ናይ ሃገርና ቁጠባዊ ጸገማት ንምፍታሕ ዓቢ ስንፍናን ውድቀትን ኣርእዩ እዩ።
- ንሕና ብስምባደን ራዕድን ነቲ ናይ ዲክታቶራውነት ዝንባለ ኣብቲ ፕረሲደንትን ወይጦታቱን ኪተኣታቶ ንርእይ ኣሎና። እዚ ድማ ኣብቲ ቅዋምን ኣብቲ ክብርታት ሓርነታዊ ቃልስን ዘሎ ንዕቀት የርእይ፡ በዚ ዚስዕብ ድማ ይኽሰት ኣሎ፣
- ናይቲ ፕረሲደንት ኣብቲ መሰረት ሓርነታዊ ቃልስን ዓወትን ሰረትን ዝኾነ ህዝቢ ዚረአ ርኡይ ዘይምግዳስን ጥልመትን። በዚ ኸኣ ነዚ ዝጠፈሸ መሪሕነት ንምድጋፍ ቅስቀሳታት ይካየድ ኣሎ!!
- እቲ ብገዲም ተጋደልቲ ከም ናይ ሓርነታዊ ቃልሲ መንኮርኮር ዘገልግል ዝነበረ ፖለቲካዊ ቅርጽታት፡ ኮነ ኢልካ ይዓኑ ኣሎ።
- ሙጋበ ኣብ ሞዛምቢክ ምስ በጽሐ፡ ነቶም ዛጊት ተዓጢቕናን ነቲ ኲናት እንመርሖ ዝነበርናን ፖለቲካውያን ወትሃደራት ተጸምቢሩና። ፕረዚደንት ናይ ዛኑ ፓርቲ ኣይነበረን፡ ግን ከም ዚኸውን ጌርናዮ፡ ከማና ስለ ዝመሰለና። ፕረዚደንት ምግባርና ብሃገርናን በተን ግንባር ሃገራትን ብኣህጉራዊ መገድን ተቐባልነት ረኺቡ።
- ፕረሲደንት ሙጋቤ ካብ ቤትማእሰርቲ ኪወጽእ ዝኸኣለ ብሓልዮት ኣሰርቱ ዘይኮነስ ብናይ ኲናትና ሓይሊ እዩ። ስለዚ ኸኣዩ ምስ ተፈትሐ እተጸምበረና። ሎሚ ግን ከም ዘየድልዩ እዩ ዚቖጽረና!! እዚ ኸኣ ነቲ ቀጻሊ ናይ በለጽን ናይ ጥቕምን ባህርያቱ የርእየና።
- ብዙሕ ኣብነታት ኣሎ፣
- እቶም ፖለቲካዊ እሱራት ብጾቱ ከምቲ ናቱ ገይሮም ካብቲ ናጽነት ዚምባብወ ኣይተጠቐሙን።
- እቲ ፕረሲደንት ነቶም ኣብቲ ቃልሲ ኣብ መሪሕነት ዝነበሩ ኣጽኒቱዎም ንገሊኣቶም ድማ ድሕሪ ናጽነት ኪጻወተሎም ይነብር ኣሎ።
- እዚ ኣብዚ እዋንዚ እቲ ፓርቲ ተመቓቒሉ ዚረአ ዘሎ ናይቲ ፕረሲደንት መደብ እዩ።
- ንሱ ናይቲ ፓርቲ ፕረሲደንት ኮይኑ ንኺነብር ኩሉ ግዜ ከፋፊልካ ግዛእ ዚብል ታክቲክ እዩ ዚጥቀም። እዚ ድማ ቅድሚ ናጽነት ዚረአ ዝነብረ እዩ። ጋማቶክስ እተባህለ ሰልፊ ካብ ባዶ እዩ ወጺኡ፡ ግን እቶም ኣባላቱ ከም ገበነኛታትን ከሓድትን ተቖጺሮም ኣለዉ። ብድሕርዚ ንጥቕሚ ፕረሲደንት ዚሕሉ ናይቲ ፕረሲደንት ናይ ባዕሉ ጂ40 ፕሮጀክት ተፈጢሩ። ነቶም ኣባላት ጋማቶክስ ነቲ ፕሮጀክት ከም ዘካዪዱ ገይሩ ኣብ ኢዱ ከም ዚኣትዉ ገይሩዎም።
ድሕሪ ናጽነት ነቲ ፓርቲ ኩሉ ግዜ ከም ዚምረጽ ገይሩዎ። ኣብዚ እዋንዚ እቲ ፓርቲ ኣብ ኩሉ ቦታታት ሃገር ሓይሊ ኣለዎ። ናይ ፕረሲደንት ፓርቲ ብምዃኑ ምቅዋሙ ኣይከኣልን። ኣብ ክንዳኡ ብዛዕባ ኩነታት ብልጽግና ምክታዕ እዩ ዚፍቀድ ከመይሲ እቲ ፓርቲ ከም ናቱ ውልቃዊ ፕሮጀክት እዩ ዘገልግል። ዘየጣቕዐ ድማ ይስጎግ።
ነቶም ገዲም ተጋደልቲ ካብቲ ፓርቲ ብምስጓግን ብምጽናትን ኣድኪሙዎም። ብዙሓት ካብቲ ፓርቲ ከም ዚወርዱ ተገይሩ። ከምዚ ዓይነት ናጽነት ግን ክንህቦ ኣይግባእን።
እዚ ፕረሲደንትዚ እቲ ቁጠባ ሃገር ምስ ወደቐ ንኹሉ ከም ጸላኢኡን ኣጥቃዒኡን ገይሩ ኪርእዮ ጀሚሩ። ናይቲ ቁጠባዊ ውድቀት ሓላፍነት ግን ኣብ ርእሱ እዩ። ካልእ ፍልይ ዝበለ ሓሳባት ኪቕበል ኣይደልን። ንሕና ግን ነዚ ዓይነት ባህርይዚ ከነልግሶ ይግበኣና።
ንሰላማውያን ገዲም ተጋደልቲ ከም ኣስዓድቲ ገይሩ ምርኣዩ ኣዚዩ የሰምብደና። ብዙሓት ኣሕዋትና ጸኒቶም እዮም። ብዙሓት ብጾት ኣጥፊኡ ክነሱ ድምብርጽ ዝብሎ ኣይመስልን።
ነቲ ናይቲ ፓርቲ ፕረሲደንት ነቲ መሪሕነት ምኽባር ከም ፍርሂ ኪውሰድ ከም ዘይብሉ ከነዘክሮ ኣሎና። ምይይጥ ዘይብሉ ናይ ስልጣን ዝውተራ ኣይንኣምንን። ናይቲ ቃልሲ ተጠቃሚ ንሱ ጥራይ ኪኸውን የብሉን። ነቲ ስልጣኑ ተጠቒሙ ኣብ ዙርያኡ ኣምለኽቲ ይፈጥር ኣሎ። ኣብዚ እዋንዚ ድማ ረብሓኡ ንኺሕሉ ብማለት፡ ንመንእሰያት ኣንጻርና ከም ዚለዓሉ ይገብር ኣሎ።
እቲ ናይ ቃልስና ውጽኢት ዝኾነ መደብ ምምሕያሽ ሕጊ መሬት ነቶም ወይጦታቱ መፋተዊ ገይሩዎ። እዚኣቶም ነቲ ናይ ገዲም ተጋደልቲ ታሪኽ ስለ ዘጽነቱ ከም ገጸበረኸት ኣብ ከተማታት መሬት ይውሃቦም ኣሎ። ንሕና ግን ነቲ ናይ ቃልስና ፍረ ደው ክንብለሉ ኢና።
ናይቲ ፕረሲደንት መሪሕነት ብብልሽውና እተቖማጥዐ እዩ። ኣብ ናይ ቁጠባዊ ቅልውላው ድማ ኣእቲዩና ኣሎ። ሃብቲ ሃገር ብእተፈላለየ ናይ ብልሽውና ስርሒታት ይባኽን ኣሎ።
ፕረሲደንት ሙጋበ ኣብ መንጎ እቲ ካብ ህዝቢ ዚእከብ ብግብርን ቀረጽን ዝኣቱ መንግስታዊ እቶትን ኣብ መንጎ ውልቃዊ እቶትን ፍልልይ ዘሎ ኣይመስሎን። እምበኣር ንሕና ከም ተቓለስቲ ኣንጻርዚ ኣካይዳ ክንምክት ይግባእ። እዚ ተግባርዚ ካብ ሱሩ ኪምሓው ኣለዎ። ሕጂ!
ንሕና ኣብታ ከተማና ብሰላም ተኣኪብና ከሎና እቲ መሪሕነት ብናይ ንብዓት ጋዝን ማይን ገይሩ በታቲኑና። ኣቐዲሙ እቲ ህዝቢ ተመሳሳሊ ውርደት ኪጓነፎ ከሎ ዓገብ ኣይበልናን። እዚ ግን ሓሊፉ እዩ። ስለዚ ሕጂ ነዚ ናይ ጭቆና ተግባራት ዓገብ ክንብሎ እዋኑ እዩ።
እቲ ብቅዋም ዝጸደቐ መሰልናን ናጽነትናን ብመንግስታዊ መሓውራት ኪጭፍለቕ ከሎ ስቕ ክንብል የብልናን። ንሕና ከም መሪሕ ተቓለስቲ ነቲ ብህዝቢ ዚካየድ ናይ ናጽነት ርእይቶ ከም ብወጻኢ እተመወለ ጌርካ ምርኣይን ነቲ ተዋሳኢ ድማ ከም ጸላኢ ሃገር ጌርካ ምቝጻርን ንዅንኖ ኢና። ከምዚ ዝበለ ኣረኣእያ፡ ህዝቢ ዚምባብወ ባዕሉ ንመሰሉ ኣይሓስብን እዩ ከም ማለት እዩ። ካብ ወጻኢ እንተ ዘይተነጊሩዎ ጭቆናን ብልሹው ኣመሓድራን ኣይርድኦን እዩ ከም ማለት እዩ።
እቲ ሃገራዊ ስልጣን ኣብ ኢድ ሓላፍነት ዘለዎ ሰብ ምስ ዚሰፍር እቲ ቅዋም ይሕሎን ይኸብርን እዩ። ስለዚ ነቲ ብመንግስቲ ዚካየድ ቀይዲ ዘይብሉ ጭቆናን ግፍዕን ንቃወም ኢና። እቶም ካብቲ መስመር ዚወጹ በቲ ቅዋም ኪውንጀሉ ንጠልብ። መንግስቲን ምስኡ ዚዋስኡ ኩላቶም ነቲ ቅዋም ከኽብሩዎን ከቐድሙዎን ኪሕሉዉዎን ድማ ንጠልብ።
ብመሰረት እዚ ኣብ ላዕሊ እተባህለ፡ ንሕና ገዲም ተቓለስትን ሓፋሽ ህዝብናን ኣብ መጻኢ ምርጫታት ነቲ ንስለ ውልቃውን ስለ ናይ ወይጦታቱ ዕቤትን ንህዝቡ ዝጨቆነ መራሒ ከም ዘይንድግፍ ቃል ንኣቱ ኣሎና።