Mugabe remains mum on war veterans’ 'explosive statement'

Until now, the veterans of the country’s independence war have been a key ally of President Mugabe.

FILE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe hasn't reacted to an explosive statement from war veterans but the main opposition party says it salutes these traditional allies of the long-time leader.

Until now, the veterans of the country's independence war have been a key ally of Mugabe, but now they say they won't support him in the next elections.

Morgan Tsvangirai's party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), says it salutes the war veterans for seeing the light.

That's a reference to yesterday's hard-hitting statement from the National Liberation War Veterans Association, in which they announced they would no longer support the 92-year-old president.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu says he hopes Mugabe will listen to his former comrades.

The move by the war veterans represents a major shift in Zimbabwe's political landscape, and there is speculation as to who they may lend their support to in the future.

The MDC's popularity has been on the wane in recent years and it's clear that a fair number of supporters of the #ThisFlag protest movement wouldn't necessarily support the opposition party.