…did the war really take place?
By Daniel Chigundu
PROPORTIONAL representation legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga says she is having difficulties believing the war of liberation really took place in Zimbabwe owing to the current contestation of war participants.
Debating the President’s speech in Parliament recently, Honourable Misihairabwi-Mushonga said the country will not move forward because what has been understood to be its foundation is being contested every day.
“So you cannot build a nation on the basis of a foundation that you are destroying on a day to day basis. Today I am not sure who is a proper war veteran, no one can tell me where a proper war veteran is, because you are challenging every person that has been in the struggle-so and so was not at war.
“First we were told Honourable Mnangagwa (Vice President) did not really run the group of five, then the next thing we were told that the former Vice-President Mai Mujuru was not in the struggle; she did not shoot down an aeroplane, Mr Mutsvangwa was stealing women’s underwear. So at the end of the day, who exactly participated in the war of liberation?
“I raise this because until and unless we go back to the fundamentals of what this country is all about, you cannot achieve anything,” she said.
Since the ousting of Joice Mujuru in December 2014, some war veterans have had their credibility questioned for allegedly belonging to wrong factions in the succession jockeying matrix within Zanu PF. Misihairabwi-Mushonga said these divisions are so dire to the extent that no-matter what the President says during the opening of Parliament, it will be of no effect to the country, unless they are addressed first.
“Mr. Speaker Sir, I say so and I say we now have a clear division, a divided war veterans, war veterans that cannot speak on the issues around where the country comes from. Mr Speaker, we are divided on the basis of gender, I have not been in this country and seen the level of abuse that I have seen women being subjected to until I came to this particular period of time.
“I want to go back; you cannot have a person who was a vice president of this country for more than twenty years and write in a state newspaper that the way that woman sits is a way that prostitute sits and you write in a proper newspaper.
“This is being written by somebody who was a civil servant or who is still a civil servant. So you are telling me that all those times that you used to go and brief the Acting President, you were busy looking between her legs and wondering why she is sitting in a particular manner?
“That is what we are now finding in this particular country, I am raising this issue because unless we deal with these fundamental issues, it does not matter what the President will come and speak because we have a country that is messed up, a country that has a distorted history,” said Misihairabwi-Mushonga.