EU-Mnangagwa tiff escalates as war veterans draw battle lines

By James Martin

The tiff between the European Union (EU) and President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday took a notch higher after the war veterans declared that they are prepared to meet the West pound for pound if they want war with Zimbabwe.

Last week at the official launch of the anti-corruption awareness campaign Mnangagwa dumped his diplomatic etiquette and publicly took E.U ambassador Timo Olkkonen head-on after the latter had condemned human rights violations in the country.

Mnangagwa censured Olkkonen for using the anti-corruption platform to speak about human rights violations which were to the former irrelevant.

Addressing the media in Harare, Zimbabwe War Veterans Association secretary-general Douglas Mahiya told Europe that the liberation war heroes are prepared for a fight.

“We know why EU is supporting the opposition. It is because it is the same war that they were fighting against us and we are prepared to take it up because it is a struggle.

“We never wanted war; nobody ever wants war but when war comes you have no option but to accept it. So, we want the EU to know about it,” said Mahiya.

The secretary-general further castigated the MDC describing the opposition as the proxies for the western imperialists.

“We are aware the local representatives of imperialism, the opposition parties that have refused to come on the negotiation table to contribute towards the economic development. We know that they are proxies of capitalism and imperialism.”

Mnangagwa’s continued fallout with the Western may result in Zimbabwe remaining on the global sidelines and will not do well to the benefit of the doubt that the West had given the 76-year-old Zanu PF frontman since the fall of Robert Mugabe in November 2017.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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