War vets leader held, home ransacked: ZIMBABWE National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) spokesperson Douglas Mahiya was arrested Wednesday night after President Robert Mugabe threatened the former fighters.
Mahiya and his colleagues in the ZNLWVA leadership have been blamed for last week’s damning communique which savaged Mugabe and demanded his resignation.
Addressing supporters in Harare Wednesday, Mugabe reminded the dissenting war veterans that a similar rebellion during the liberation struggle saw the mutineers hurled into pits where they “lived like rats” until the end of the war.
Mugabe ordered the removal of Mahiya and his colleagues from office, and the election of a new leadership.
After the rally at the Zanu PF headquarters, officers from Harare Central Police Station Criminal Investigation Department (CID) raided and searched Mahiya’s house in Chitungwiza.
National police spokesperson Charity Charamba confirmed Mahiya’s arrest and said investigations were continuing.
“Yes, he has been arrested and investigations are going on and we will furnish you with more details later,” she said.
Mahiya’s arrest comes after Zanu PF Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba told local radio that the association’s secretary general Victor Matemandanda, political commissar Francis Nhando and Mahiya were the authors of the hard-hitting anti-Mugabe communiqué.
The government announced it was hunting down the authors of the document which officials described as “treasonous”.
On Wednesday, Mugabe told supporters that those responsible would be severely punished.
“A team of party officials are investigating the origins of that piece of paper,” he said
“Those who wrote it; those who sent to different people, if they are found we will discipline them the way that we used to do during the war.”