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Mugabe promises to 'severely' punish war vets over criticism

Farai Mutsaka Harare

Published 28/07/2016 | 02:30

Zimbabwe's 92-year-old president on Wednesday said the longtime loyalists who turned against him last week should face
Zimbabwe's 92-year-old president on Wednesday said the longtime loyalists who turned against him last week should face "severe" punishment, and he vowed to stay in power for "a long time." Photo: AP

Zimbabwe's 92-year-old president on yesterday said the long-time loyalists who turned against him last week should face "severe" punishment, and he vowed to stay in power for "a long time".

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President Robert Mugabe made his first public response to a scathing statement by veterans of the country's 1970s liberation war. They called him dictatorial, manipulative and egocentric.

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association had long been quick to defend Mugabe, even with violence.

But Mugabe demanded new leadership for the association, claiming Western countries have infiltrated it.

"We have ordered an investigation to identify authors of the statement . . . The punishment will be severe," he said.

Irish Independent

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