Mliswa woos war veterans

HARARE – Former Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairperson Temba Mliswa — who is standing as an independent in the Norton by-election — has challenged war veterans to show long-suffering Zimbabweans the way, as President Robert Mugabe has failed dismally.

Mliswa told supporters at Kent Farm in the Norton constituency on Saturday that Zimbabweans are now wondering whether there is any difference between Rhodesian Ian Smith and Mugabe.

“ . . . tell us the way, you told us to go this way and follow . . . Mugabe but we are now trapped. Now your homework is show us the way,” Mliswa said.

“You fought for multi-party democracy and we want to ask you now, what is the difference between Smith and Mugabe. We are going to take charge from now onwards but we will not fight with guns but with ideas,” he said.

Mliswa told the war veterans that they did not only dump Zanu PF by attending his rally, but also showed support for him as an independent candidate.

That, he said, shows that Zimbabwe has now entered a new political chapter.

“As young people, we are not happy because of the way you (war veterans) are being treated,” Mliswa said.

War veterans are among the few who have benefitted from Zanu PF freebies, including land but the way they have been treated lately by 92-year-old Mugabe — who is patron of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans association — has seen them shifting allegiances.

“It is good that war veterans are now standing with the people, this has never happened before. I am your messenger and I will take all your messages. I might fail other things but I will not fail to get back to you,” Mliswa said.

October 22 has been set as the date for the Norton by-elections, which Mliswa will battle out with Zanu PF’s Ronald Chendedza.

Last week, Zanu PF dispatched its political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere to hit the ground running ahead of what promises to be a litmus election ahead of the keenly anticipated 2018 polls. -Daily News

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