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Zimbabwe opposition hails war veterans’ Mugabe rebuke

Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe/FILE

Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe/FILE

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Jul 22 – Zimbabwe’s main opposition on Friday praised war veterans for “finally seeing the light” after the long-time allies of President Robert Mugabe denounced him as “dictatorial”.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) “would like to whole-heartedly thank and salute (the) war veterans for publicly acknowledging that Robert Mugabe has outlived his relevance and should immediately proceed to resign,” it said in a statement.

In a sign of growing opposition to Mugabe, the war veterans who have in the past supported the nonagenarian leader, on Thursday issued a strongly-worded statement denouncing Mugabe and his regime for brutal attacks on his opponents and for presiding over a failing economy.

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association said they had noted “with concern, shock and utter dismay the entrenchment of dictatorial tendencies, personified by the President and his cohorts which have slowly devoured the values of the liberation struggle in utter disregard of the constitution”.

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