Zimbabwe’s War Veterans Association says it has expelled President Robert Mugabe as its leader and has formed a revolutionary council to take over the ruling ZANU-PF party.
“We have completely disowned Mugabe,” says the statement issued Wednesday in Johannesburg by war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa.
The association of former fighters for independence is loyal to fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who says he has left Zimbabwe after threats. Mugabe accuses his former deputy of plotting to take power, which Mnangagwa denies.
The war veterans’ statement uses language similar to that used by Mugabe’s guerrillas during their fight against white minority-ruled Rhodesia in the 1970s.