War vets leader and deputy Defence minister Victor Matemadanda has lambasted MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa after he attacked government for building Mbuya Nehanda's statue.
Chamisa said during a party e-rally beamed on various social media platforms Sunday that government was operating on misplaced priorities through plans to erect a giant Nehanda statue in central Harare at tax payers’ expense.
But Matemadanda said comments by Chamisa were inspired by the opposition leader’s parentage which had loyalties to the Rhodesian government.
“Zimbabweans might not know that Chamisa’s father was in the RAF battalion,” Matemadanda said Wednesday.
“He (Chamisa) is a person who grew up in an army cantonment area, but an army which was on the side of the Rhodesian regime, and his value system because of that, is naturally against the revolution, the liberation of this country.
“But if he thinks I am lying, he has every right to challenge me.
“I know he is a son of a Rhodesian African rifler who fought against the liberation process of this country and his value system now favours the former coloniser.
“And for him to disregard the physical and spiritual effort of Ambuya Nehanda is wrong.
“A recognition that every one of us is doing, despite the fact that I am in the opposition or what, our people in Zimbabwe respect the spiritual world especially with regards to the liberation process of this country.”
Matemadanda added, “And for him to denigrate her, he will never rule this country because of that. He is very irresponsible, very ignorant, very misguided, anti-Zimbabwe and anti-our culture.
“I don’t know he gets this desperation, a loose person, I don’t know how people support him and he will never rule this country.”
The Rhodesian African Rifles were a regiment of the Rhodesian Army. The ranks of the RAR were recruited from the black African population, although officers were generally from the white population. The regiment was formed in May 1940 in the British colony of Southern Rhodesia.