Zimbabwe’s war veterans say they will head to court to protect the military services who they believe stepped in at the right to act in the best interests of the country.
Speaking in Harare on Monday, Chris Mutsvangwa, the head of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association announced that they would be seeking a declaratory order against Mugabe.
“The action of the defence forces in intervening to stop the take over of the first respondents [Mugabe] constitutional functions by those around him are constitutionally permissible and lawful in terms of section 2.1.2 of the constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe in that they arrest the first respondents abdication of constitutional function,” Mutsvangwa said.
He added that their order would seek to ensure that non-elected officials especially, Mugabe’s wife, Grace does not exercise executive functions which are reserved for constitutional functionaries.
The war veterans criticism comes after a defiant Mugabe yesterday refused to step down as Zimbabwe’s president.
Despite intense speculation that he was going to announce his resignation last night, Mugabe made an about turn and announced that he was still in charge and would
oversee and preside over the ruling Zanu-PF’s congress in December.
Mutsvangwa on Monday said they are disappointed that in the midst of the army generals, Mugabe appeared to swap an agreed position and proceeded to read a document that clearly according to him has the trademark of Mugabe’s former spin doctor, Jonathan Moyo.
“We are not going to leave Harare until he is gone,” said Mutsvangwa.
The Zanu-PF’s central committee has already removed Mugabe as its leader and has issued an ultimatum to quit the country’s presidency or face impeachment
Meanwhile, according to reports Mugabe has agreed to stand down and his resignation letter has been drafted, CNN said on Monday.