Former freedom fighters in Zimbabwe have reportedly called on Rhodesians “dispersed across the world” to come back and reconstruct the country.
Under the aegis of Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), they expressed dissatisfaction with President Mugabe’s government, calling it a failure.
“We want them (Rhodesians) to be part of the next governance in Zimbabwe because this country has been run on a scorched-earth policy by the G40. We want it to recover and for us to build a new country,” ZNLWVA’s chairperson Chris Mutsvangwa was quoted as saying. Mutsvangwa said this while addressing journalists in Harare over the weekend.
G40 (Generation 40) was a faction within the ruling Zanu-PF party made up of Young Turks and reportedly linked to First Lady Grace Mugabe. President Mugabe is thought to be the patron.
The war veterans, who used to be loyal to Mugabe, have in recent years become his most aggressive critics.
Zimbabwe has been winding under severe economic conditions as a result of the imposition of sanctions against the southern African country more than a decade ago by the Western countries and the aftermath of the worst inflation in human history.