Masvingo war vets fume over Nhando utterances

Walter Mswazie in Masvingo
War veterans in Masvingo have dissociated themselves from comments made by one of their members, Cde Francis Nhando, during an interview with a local publication in which he criticised President Mnangagwa’s economic policies.

Cde Nhando was quoted denouncing the economic policies implemented by the New Dispensation and calling on the leadership to address the anomalies.

Masvingo war veterans chairman Cde Tendeukai Chibooneka on Monday said Cde Nhando’s utterances were in bad taste and did not represent the views of war veterans in Masvingo. He said such utterances, which belittled President’s efforts on the economic front, were uncalled for and clear mischief on the part of the ex-combatant.

“As war veterans in Masvingo, we are fully behind our President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his economic policies. We are happy with the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP). Those who are against such noble economic policies are enemies of the State,” said Cde Chinooneka.

The war veterans boss, who is also a lecturer at the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU), said the leadership of President Mnangagwa was steering the country in the right direction although its efforts were being hampered by sanctions and some unscrupulous business people who were arbitrarily increasing prices of basic commodities .

“Nhando comes from Masvingo but we have not seen him at our meetings for a year now. What he is saying is not representative of war veterans in Masvingo, that is nonsense,” said Cde Chinooneka.

“The economic policies are only being hampered by the economic sanctions and unscrupulous business people who increase prices of basic commodities, arbitrarily. Cde Nhando wants to bring the name of the war veterans’ association into disrepute and as Masvingo war veterans we do not share the same view with him. There are many war veterans who are also disturbed by the utterances in the Daily News as they do not understand their import.”

He said the ex-combatants should learn to separate personal opinion from war veterans’ position as this could sow seeds of disunity in the organisation.

Turning to SADC-influenced anti-sanctions march slated for tomorrow, he said they would attend the main function in Harare in their numbers.

“We have also mobilised transport for the march in Harare. We are going to attend the march in our numbers as Masvingo. We urge all Zimbabweans affected by this illegal economic embargo to join other SADC countries in demonstrating against such punishment from the West, on Friday,” said Cde Chinooneka.

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