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Mugabe peddling false war memory: Mutsvangwa

By Mugove Tafirenyika

Former War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa has rubbished President Robert Mugabe’s “revisionist account” that he went to war earlier than him, claiming the 93-year-old was now forgetting what happened.

Chris Mutsvangwa (left)

Addressing members of the Zanu PF women’s league in Harare on Thursday, Mugabe slammed party bigwigs and affiliate organisations that are calling for him to step aside and make way for a successor including Mutsvangwa, whom the nonagenarian claimed he had received in Mozambique when he joined the liberation struggle.

“Where are these clandestine manoeuvres that are being done by some little-known organisations and some people who were with us during the war coming from when these people are not the ones who chose me?

“People like Mutsvangwa, whom we received at Chimoio as they were coming from university along with other guys, today they now say ‘I must go’, it’s painful but they are not alone, it’s not Mutsvangwa per se, they are being sent,” Mugabe said.

The leader of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) came out guns blazing  yesterday accusing Mugabe of distorting history.

The ZNLWVA has previously threatened bloodshed if their preferred choice of Mugabe’s successor —Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa —is blocked.

Mutsvangwa,  who was fired from both his government and party positions, told the Daily News Mugabe’s “recollection on Chimoio Zhunda Camp is just plainly false.”

“His legendary memory can only now be failing him as advanced age is wont to do. The truth is that I am the one who received …Mugabe at Chimoio Zhunda Camp; and not the other way round as now claimed by the comrade who became the first President of the Republic of Zimbabwe,” Mutsvangwa said.

“His version is patently a revisionist account. Only G40 Jonathan Moyo could have penned it for him to regurgitate.

“Comrade President, true revolutionaries have that attribute of historical integrity as a cardinal virtue. Let us be true and honest to the Chimurenga II Revolution as it happened. Such integrity is greatest tribute to so many of the fallen heroes of that epochal generation,” he added.

The garrulous former Norton legislator said the correct position is that he arrived at the camp in early July 1975, “soon after Mozambique’s independence day on June 25, 1975 together with Willard Zororo Duri,  John Mayowe, Sobusa Gula-Ndebele, Masimba Mwazha from the then University of Rhodesia.”

“…Mugabe only got to Chimoio Zhunda Camp in September 1975… well after my earlier arrival. He came together with Edgar Tekere, Nisbert Makotsi and a Dengwani.”

He added that Mugabe and Tekere came to the front along with about 150-200 other comrades who would form Company D when Nyadzonia was opened as the refugee holding camp.

Mutsvangwa said Mugabe had crossed the border in April soon after the assassination of Zanu chairman Herbert Chitepo.

Upon his arrival in Mozambique, Mutsvangwa claimed, Mugabe was resisted by the occupants of Zhunda Chimoio Camp who argued that he was not their political leader as they had been recruited under the auspices of Bishop Muzorewa’s United African National Congress.

In resisting Mugabe, Mutsvangwa said the camp occupants agitated for his denial of food.

“As university students, the five of us took the lead in diffusing the smouldering confrontation as… Mugabe was only backed by the handful 200 comrades he had recruited from Highfield.

“I remember… Duri roping me to clandestinely arrange for Oppah Muchinguri(-Kashiri) to cook for Mugabe as the two (Duri and Muchinguri-Kashiri) knew each other from their shared home in Manica Bridge, Watsomba.

“Concurrently, we set to work for his acceptance. We used our gravitas as university students to persuade the more numerous refugee occupants of Zhunda Camp to be accommodating of the estranged Mugabe and his group of 150-200 recruits.”

According to Mutsvangwa, Mugabe was only taken from the refugee camp “to go to teaching exile in far north Quelimane.” The Chronicle

  • Whatever the truth we are fed up with this history that has seen living conditions becoming worse than they were b4 so called independence nxaaa

    • Mandiitaweti Mnangagwa

      You are very right … It is not important for Zimbabweans’ independence, freedom and economic prosperity whether Mugabe or Mutsvangwa arrived at a camp first. Zimbabwe could have fared much better without either man. Kwakafa vanhu kwavo kukasara mapenzi.

  • Whatever the truth we are fed up with this history that has seen living conditions becoming worse than they were b4 so called independence nxaaa

  • waz the war fought fo Zimbabweans……jus wondering

  • waz the war fought fo Zimbabweans……jus wondering

  • that madhara forget what happened for sure

  • that madhara forget what happened for sure

  • Tirikutambura

  • Tirikutambura

  • ini hangu can carry a quart further than a gun …so what

  • ini hangu can carry a quart further than a gun …so what

  • mujibha

    Are we ever going to know the truth about what happened in Mozambique? Zippra seems more organized we don’t hear all these contradictions

  • Saka zvine basa rei?

  • Saka zvine basa rei?

  • Pathetic! Zvine basa reyi izvozvo?

  • Pathetic! Zvine basa reyi izvozvo?

  • Hezvo!!!

  • Hezvo!!!

  • Hazviise chikafu patafura pedu izvi

  • Hazviise chikafu patafura pedu izvi

  • Was this soul called war fought only in zimbabwe ,y does it matter we did this in history and we know thank you its tym for the 21st century born free trio ,we are tired neh

  • Was this soul called war fought only in zimbabwe ,y does it matter we did this in history and we know thank you its tym for the 21st century born free trio ,we are tired neh

  • Mutsvangwa ashaya nyaya uyo

  • Mutsvangwa ashaya nyaya uyo

  • The truth seems to be getting closure. Tell it all.

  • The truth seems to be getting closure. Tell it all.

  • Was ther war in the first place?

  • Was ther war in the first place?

  • So what?u r also expired hatichada pawakapiwa purazi wakanyarara hatichakudai kani vanhu vebato iri

  • Forgetting what happened, madiss kaaya

  • Past is past if u let yr mind in a snow no new ideas will sprout out

  • We don’t live your history all we want is change of the whole system ruling the country.

  • Izvi zvehondo taabhoo nazvo izvi… tichamboziva here kuti zvii zvakanyatsoitika, zvaakungotaurwa umwe neumwe nepake. Dai tatotaura ramangwana.

  • Ko ndabangingi Sithole azoti chii

  • Chenjerechenjere puse

  • Is this creating jobs putting food on the table nxa

  • Dzorerai nyika kwamaka Iona iri, kare kaiva nane zveshuwa

  • Dzorerai nyika kwamaka Iona iri, kare kaiva nane zveshuwa

  • Stuck in a time warp

  • This is so embarrassing that at this time we are still fighting and arguing who went first to Mozambique. What is it going to help us the ordinary people? This Mutsvangwa thinks he is holier than holy. I just don’t understand him.He talks too much as if he was at the front alone. Takazviparira chokwadi to be lead by such a man as war vets.

    • Asi pane aita chifumuro here apo? Kkk Ngazvibude zvese nezvakauraya Tongogara

  • Y do some people always want to take the credit for liberating the country as if they did it alone????

  • Ini hangu zii semunhu akadhinhiwa chaizvo

  • Leave history to the books / schools and libraries lets do the reasons way we went to war

  • Ko munoti nevabereki vedu vaikuurayirai zvipfuwo zvavo kubva pakutanga kusvika Hondo ipere? Chiyi chavawana?.Hipocrites!!!!!!!

  • But Mugabe is your boss

  • forest isk

    they should just all die,we are tired of this nonsense war stories

  • PaleShadows

    “A man without a vision for his future always returns to his past”

  • Pamberi nema war veterans edu pasi ne mhanduuuu..

  • Mr Mutsvangwa you now hv nothing to loose and l still have confidence in you brother ..please stop arguing on those matters and take that man head on ,he is now useless and he now like a scare crow in a zanu pf round nut field ,he is js there to scare away would be baboons in a political field ,its high time you tell him the truth kwete zvako zvokuita kunga ukunyengerera kudzoka muZanu izvo .Tell the world what happened and go confront him face to face like a man

  • The economic battle is the one tha counts this day

  • kkkkkk

  • You can talk in different ways different language but the question is WHO is rulling Zimbabwe ?

  • mutsvamgwa must have fought the zim war alone..last time it was that mujuru never brought down the fighter jet..now its mugabe..this gready man needs to get his brain checked on time..the evil he did to amai mujuru in 2014 will hunt him even in his grave..him and lacoaste that he supports will never see their tmorw bright..they are doomed in zanupf and has no where to go..bob must kick them out now..let them go and form their own karanga party..the evil that men do..hunts them forever..there is no where for them to run to and there is no where for them to hide too.its now their pay time.

  • Does this aguiment put food on our tables

  • Does this aguiment put food on our tables

  • Ummmm ini zvangu ziii semunhu aneta nazvo

  • Rhodesian bush war !!!dzimwe nyika dziri busy kuvakwA..