Veterans’ statement on Mugabe described as 'treasonous'

Zimbabwe officials say the statement describing President Mugabe as dictatorial this week was treasonous.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP.

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe officials say a statement from war veterans describing President Robert Mugabe as dictatorial this week was treasonous.

The war veterans said they would no longer support Mugabe in elections, but state media says they are not behaving like proper soldiers.

It took nearly 24 hours for Mugabe's government to respond to the statement which seems to have taken some by surprise.

A top official in the War Veterans Ministry, Walter Tapfumaneyi, says investigations are underway to find out who wrote it and will prosecute those involved.

It was issued after a meeting on Thursday that was reportedly attended by war veterans from across the country.

But today the state-run Herald is reporting that the statement was released by only a handful of war veteran leaders and other war veterans didn't agree with it.

In a front page comment, the Herald says the statement smacks of mischief and should not be touched with a 10-foot pole.