Harare (Mlondolozi Ndlovu) – Veterans of Zimbabwe’s liberation war have suggested that the First Lady Grace Mugabe must be arrested over her utterances that President Mugabe must appoint his successor, similar to what happened to them when they called for such.
Grace Mugabe who has become a key factor in the 93-year-old succession matrix, on Thursday urged his husband to appoint a successor adding if he did not none would dispute since his word is final.
In the past few years Zanu PF leaders who have called for these measures have either expelled or suspended from the ruling party and the war veteran leaders have suffered the same fate.
Responding to these words at a press conference in Harare, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary General Victor Matemadanda said the First Lady was day dreaming and should instead be arrested just like they were arrested.
“We are not going to allow a situation whether dreaming or what, we are not going to allow anyone to appoint a successor from their home, it’s not acceptable,
“We have been harassed for saying that there is a dynasty in creation. In the same manner we were arrested for calling upon the President to appoint his successor, she (Grace Mugabe) must be arrested, we will be waiting for the police to do so,” said Matemadanda.
Matemadanda and other were arrested in 2016 for allegedly demanding that the 93 year old appoints his successor or else risk letting the country slide into crisis.
The fierce former fighters of the country’s 1970’s war of independence from Britain, said it was now clear that President Mugabe was the man behind the G40 faction.
They said Mugabe had diverted from the principles of the revolution which they claimed had always allowed them to partake in the country’s politics.
Zanu PF is currently embroiled in a factional war which is pitting the Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and another faction led by younger Zanu PF members and rooting for the First Lady to take over.
Both factions have denied any ambitions to power but President Mugabe has warned of their existence saying the people must choose their leader.