JOHANNESBURG – The head of the faction riddled war veterans Chris Mutsvangwa has called on the diaspora to help restore legitimacy and democracy in Zimbabwe following the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa from his post on Monday.
He was speaking during a press briefing in Sandton on Wednesday.
“President Robert Mugabe is not the owner of the party, he was not chosen to be the leader of the party by Zanu-PF- he was chosen by the war veterans.
Another leader was jettisoned by the war veterans in 1995-we are evoking the same president,” Mutsvangwa said.
When asked if he was planning to start a new party, Mutsvangwa said he had no ambition of starting a new party or forming a coalition government as he was just part of a pressure group.
As a war veteran, he did not believe in coups.
He said that the war veterans were appealing even to whites- who were dispossessed and kicked out of Zimbabwe- to ‘re-engage’.
“We didn’t fight a racial war, we fought against injustice. We are appealing to them [whites] to come back,” said Mutsvangwa.
Axed vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa said in a statement that he had fled Zimbabwe after he was fired on Monday and would only return to the country to lead party members.