War veterans from all corners of the country are converging in Harare today in a show of solidarity with their patron, President Mugabe. War collaborators and ex-detainees have also been invited. This comes in the wake of a treasonous communiqué attacking President Mugabe that was covertly issued to members of the media by a clique of power hungry war veterans last week.
The President has repeatedly stressed the need for unity in the party. Today he is expected to speak on the challenges faced by war veterans and alleged divisions in the party. Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association secretary for lands Cde George Matenda, who is part of a team that organised today’s event, confirmed the solidarity meeting.
He said President Mugabe, in his capacity as ZNLWVA patron, would address the freedom fighters. “It is a solidarity meeting with our patron. All comrades are invited to come and show their support to their patron,” he said.
No one has claimed authorship of the subversive communiqué. Government has since activated its security agencies to establish the origins and authorship of the communiqué.
War veterans disowned it through their parent ministry led by Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees Minister Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube, who expressed doubts that such a document could have been issued by genuine war veterans.
The document was written in a language that could not be ascribed to trained cadres whose loyalty to their leadership is beyond doubt.-Herald