Army Generals absent at President Mugabe’s Meeting

Army Generals absent at President Mugabe’s Meeting

President Robert Mugabe addressed a solidarity meeting on Wednesday, with majority of security commanders, most of which are war veterans were missing which raised a lot of eyebrows.

President Mugabe is said to have hastily arranged the meeting with a faction of the war veterans at Zanu-PF headquarters in a bid to rally support and analysts have been quick to point out the significance of this.

Zimbabwe’s security commanders, majority who are war veterans, were conspicuous by their absence at Wednesday’s solidarity meeting which was addressed by President Robert Mugabe.

Analysts have been quick to say this was significant given the importance of the meeting to Mugabe who hastily arranged a meeting with a faction of the war veterans at the party’s headquarters in a bid to shore up his waning support.

In as much as Security commanders rarely attend party meetings, they were heavily involved in the organisation and subsequent meeting of Mugabe and the larger group of war veterans held at the City Sports Center in April.

political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said

“Remember these are also war veterans. So for them to be absent at a meeting where their patron is addressing is a big deal let alone where the patron is Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces,”

The security sector, just like any other department of government, is packed with war veterans who are members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans (ZNLWVA) which met in Masvingo in 2014 to elect Mutsvangwa and his executive.

Dewa Mavhinga, Human Rights lawyer and activist was of the opinion that:

“It seems the views by war veterans that Mugabe should step down may be representative of the views of the army generals hence their absence from Mugabe’s meeting on Wednesday,” said Mavhinga.

On Wednesday, President Mugabe accused Mutsvangwa of working to destabilise Zanu PF and government and railed against Mutsvangwa and his entire executive.

Hours after his address, police went and arrested Mutsvangwa-led executive by storming the home of ZNLWVA spokesperson, Douglas Mahiya and Yesterday, ZNLWVA secretary-general Victor Matemadanda was also arrested when police descended on him home in Gokwe.

In both cases, police are still to make public the charges the war veterans ’ leaders are facing.

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