WAR Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa yesterday demanded that Zanu PF national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere publicly apologise for describing the ex-freedom fighters as “drunkards and taxi drivers”.
Addressing a war veterans’ provincial meeting in Mutare, Mutsvangwa said he had taken up the matter with President Robert Mugabe and would continue pushing for Kasukuwere to withdraw his offensive remarks.
“There was a Cabinet minister who said war veterans are drunkards. I told the President about that and l am saying that he should apologise. We are not going forgive him if does not apologise. We did not know about taxi drivers or drunkards during the war. But, however, l am worried about our welfare, I think this is one major thing that should be addressed,” he said.
Mutsvangwa appealed to war veterans to remain united and stop picking unnecessary fights.
This was after some disgruntled former freedom fighters refused to recognise his new interim provincial executive, claiming it was imposed on them.
Trouble started when interim chairman Gift Kwageda was jeered off the stage by provincial members who described his executive as illegitimate.
Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba later intervened and ordered Kwageda to stop his address and pleaded with the war veterans to conduct the meeting in an orderly manner.
“Stop now, chairman, what are you trying to do? I will deal with you. This is just an interim executive. We are going to elect a new executive, but we need to be organised,” Chinotimba said.
Kwageda was finally given the floor to address the war vets and promised to lead a united province. newsday