Chinotimba attacks minister

Controversial war veterans leader Joseph Chinotimba yesterday said National Healing co-minister Moses Mzila-Ndlovu must stop commenting about issues affecting war veterans because he did not know anything about the former fighters.

Report by Silas Nkala

Chinotimba was reacting to Mzila-Ndlovu’s remarks last Friday that it was time fake war veterans were exposed.

The minister, who is also Bulilima West MP and deputy secretary-general in the MDC formation led by Welshman Ncube, said there were many people masquerading as ex-combatants.

He was speaking during a public lecture on the late Zipra combatant Ethan Allen Dube organised by Masakhaneni Project Trust in Bulawayo.
“Mzila (Ndlovu) cannot talk about war veterans. He does not know anything about them,” Chinotimba said.

“This is like someone who sees a man living with his family and wife and starts talking about issues of that family yet he does not live in that home. He must shut up.”

Mzila-Ndlovu is a war veteran having fought under Zipra during the liberation war.

Chinotimba accused the MDC of seeking mileage by attempting to sympathise with war veterans.

Zipra Veterans’ Trust chairman Buster Willy Magwizi concurred with the minister saying bogus war veterans were reaping benefits of the war at the expense of genuine ex-fighters.

“Some joined the liberation war fighters at assembly points in 1980 and since then they have claimed to be war veterans,” Magwizi said.

He said it was unfortunate that genuine Zipra ex-fighters had not been registered for fear of victimisation during the Gukurahundi era.

“Most of the war veterans from this region fled the country during Gukurahundi and feared to be vetted because Gukurahundi sought to kill Zipra members,” Magwizi added.

“We will be seeking audience with parliamentarians to revisit the War Veterans and the War Victims Compensations Acts so as to out weed the fake war veterans.”

Chinotimba’s own liberation war credentials have been questioned repeatedly.



  1. Rather than use silly analogies, Chinos, please tell us , Where were you when we were where we were?

  2. Its obvious he was busy looking for work or training as security guard, he sounds confused, he thinks beinga security guard makes him a war veteran, may someone please explain to this ignorant Chinotimba, that basa repa gedi ari fambirani ne kurwa wondo, ukuba ngumawobho akuhambelani lokuba ngumlweli we nkululeko. Shame.


  4. Mutasa Mudhidhimas

    Ko anovhundukei if he has nothing to hide.Haasi muwar vet chete full stop.Just like the idiot named jabulani Sibanda is not a war vet.I was 11 yrs in ’79 and i could not even go to war due to age(my brother who was 16 was told he was too young).Now Jabulani is 2 yrs younger than me!

  5. Phunyukabemphethe

    Chinotimba is a Gukurahundi, not a war veteran!

  6. Phunyukabemphethe

    Gukurahundis will always be Gukurahundis. They will always exhibit Gukurahundi tendencies, and are always ready to Gukurahundi the Gukurahundi victims.

    Gukurahundism is a philosophyheld by Gukurahundists and is based on tribalism/racism/regionalism and the herd and grab mentality.

    Gukurahundis or Gukurahundism do/does not believe in working hard for anything – they either grab, bag, steal or borrow and all this under the guise of restoring back what they claim is legitimately theirs.

    They are primitive to the core, and are debdevilled with a cave-mentality. They believe in numbers and mwanawekumusha mentality in order to block fair competition – they don’t like competition; they are naturally cowards and prone to Gukurahundistic outbursts!!

  7. Jabulani Sibanda was Joshua Nkomo’s driver

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