War vets free to join any party: Mujuru
By Maxwell Sibanda
Former Vice President Joice Mujuru has told war veterans who have been under the cosh from President Robert Mugabe, that they are free to join any political party of their choice.
Mujuru, a war veteran in her own right, said what is critical is that ex-combatants are respected since they played a significant role in the liberation struggle.
“Do not be threatened because as we speak those who fought in the 2nd World War and are still alive, are getting paid their pensions. Those who went back to England still have their money posted to them.
“So what about you, do not be misled into believing that you will not receive your payouts because of your political allegiance. You are free to join a party of your choice.”
Mujuru’s tone is at variance with Mugabe’s scathing admonishment of war veterans whom he recently threatened with war if they continued assuming to be the “kingmakers” in Zanu PF.
Speaking at her first political rally last weekend the former VP said they must be a thorough investigation into what really happened to the country’s economy.
She said it was up to people like her who were once in government to speak out of these ills.
“People will think that just because I was in government, hence I do not have to say it. But I am saying if we do not say it then we are doing the nation a disservice.”
Mujuru said it is disturbing that $15 billion of diamond money just disappeared into thin air.
“That money, if you were to divide it by the 1 958 wards we have, each ward would get more than $7 million. Imagine where we could be with that kind of money — we could not be having these problems.”
She said corruption in Zimbabwe had reached alarming stages that if not contained will swallow the whole country.
“The only way out of our mess is to invite to the table all the investors who are running away from this monster called corruption which has engulfed the whole government.”
Mujuru bemoaned the lack of job opportunities in Zimbabwe which has led many young people to cross borders in search of employment.
“I have heard of horror stories that befall our children when they go out of the country to look for jobs and we are saying this should not continue. As People First, we want to identify industries in Bulawayo that can be revived so that they create employment for our youths,” said Mujuru.
She urged voters to be very careful when it comes to voting.
“We do not encourage you to just rush into voting before you make your assessments. You have to sit down with those who want to be voted and deliberate on issues, and if you agree then you can proceed to vote.
“When you talk to your leaders and you are convinced that they are the right people, then you can go and vote. You have to vote if your concerns at grass roots are carried along.”
“There is need for political transformation among us as political leaders because the way we do our politics in Zimbabwe is wrong. We emphasise politics when people are dying of hunger while others emphasise the growth of the economy.
“I know politics and the economy are like twins but while we know that politics is played let us play more of the economy. People do not like politics if there are jobs, hence these wars and fights that we hear will disappear if people are gainfully employed.” Daily News