Outspoken war veterans leader reported killed in Zimbabwe


Harare – Unconfirmed reports within Zanu PFs circles and media are reporting that outspoken war veterans leader, and critic of Robert and Grace Mugabe has died this morning in what is being termed as a staged suicide.

A few days ago, Nehanda Radio reported that Victor Matemadanda, the war veterans secretary general, had been picked up from his home in Gokwe in the Midlands province and his whereabouts remained unknown at their time of print.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said in an alert that five unidentified men stormed his home and took him away.

The men said they would be taking him to the Law and Order section in Harare where his counterpart, Douglas Mahiya, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) spokesperson, surrendered himself after a raid at his Chitungwiza home.

The leader of the War Veterans association which has drawn swords with the embattled leader of the country, Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa was reported to have fled to South Africa, although this publication was able to reliably source that he traveled to the country on private business, weeks before an explosive communique was released.

The persecution of war veteran leaders is heavily linked to a war vets communique shared after a meeting in Harare last Thursday in which the ex-combatants described Mugabe as too old and a dictator.

The veterans said they would no longer campaign for Mugabe as he had also run down the economy and was frustrating financial aid.

Government authorities subsequently announced that security agents had launched a probe into who authored the communique.

The clampdown on Zanu PF internal critics came just after Mugabe addressed party supporters who were gathered in the wake of the war vets meeting last Thursday and the circulation of the communique.

Mugabe threatened to “severely punish’ the rebel former fighters who are gunning for his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to take over power, and ordered the dissolution of the current war vets association leadership.