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.