|‘Dabengwa wants to work with Zanu-PF’|
|Sunday, 05 August 2012 13:03|
Retired Brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri, a former ZIPRA chief of staff, says he recently met Zapu leader Cde Dumiso Dabengwa who confided in him that he is prepared to work with Zanu-PF but would want the 1987 Unity Accord to be revisited.
Rtd Brig Mutinhiri however said Cde Dabengwa may have genuine grievances but “I don’t think the best way to handle problems is to go and talk from outside,” as the conditions are conducive to resolve such issues within Zanu-PF.
As a former ZIPRA supremo, when he was asked whether the departure of Cde Dabengwa from Zanu-PF meant the Unity Accord was no longer holding, Rtd Brig Mutinhiri said:
“All of us may not be very happy about what is happening in the country, but the solution is not to walk away, but this is the way we react. We react differently to situations. I believe what Dabengwa is trying to do, is trying to be heard.
“There are grievances within former ZIPRA, certainly there are grievances, you know the question of properties, the question of equal opportunities within the Unity Accord. Those grievances are there and they are genuine. They are genuine but I don’t think the best way to handle problems is to go and talk from outside. Things can be talked about from within and be resolved.”
When he was asked whether such grievances can be discussed freely in Zanu-PF, Rtd Brig Mutinhiri said: “I believe these issues can be talked about inside Zanu-PF.
That’s what he said to me. He said because we have these grievances and so on and so forth but he said he really would never work with anybody else who has not fought for this country. That’s what Dabengwa told me and that’s not a long time ago. This is like about a month-and-a-half ago.”
In an interview with The Sunday Mail about three weeks ago, Cde Dabengwa said he is prepared to meet President Mugabe if he calls him anytime for a meeting.
MDC-T leader, a position that he reaffirmed to Rtd Brig Mutinhiri when he said he will not work with anyone who has not fought for the country.
the land reform and now the economic empowerment.” He added that the Unity Accord “was something that was long overdue. This could have been achieved during the liberation struggle.”
the Zipra and Zanla forces at Independence adding the he was rescued by the then Prime Minister, Cde Mugabe.
“At integration, I was nothing until I met Prime Minister (President Mugabe) at one function and he wanted to know what I was doing. In fact, I was in trouble because there was suspicion that Zipra was planning an uprising and were hiding some of their members of the high command and they were referring to people like myself, Chirenda and a few others. So I had CIO behind me, thinking that I was doing some subversive activities underground and so on.
I met the then Prime Minister, Cde Mugabe, who wanted to know what I was doing. And when I told him I was doing nothing, I was just unemployed and walking the streets of Harare, he couldn’t believe me. So he asked some people to find out what was really happening.
He said he met the then Prime Minister around 1980 or at the beginning of 1981.
The Rtd Brig went on to confirm that indeed after the passing on of Dr Msika, he wrote to some provinces in Matabeleland seeking their support for the post of the Vice-President.
Despite his rich history in the liberation struggle, Rtd Brig Mutinhiri remained modest when he was asked how he would want to be remembered.