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VETERANS of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, Tuesday came out in support of President Robert Mugabe, accusing unnamed cabinet ministers for fanning ethnic hatred.

In a statement, the former fighters said Mugabe would not have insulted Kalangas because he has direct relatives within the ethnic group.

“The so called Kalanga issue has been sponsored by some cabinet ministers who have chosen to forget that the President has Kalangas in his family. His step mother was Kalanga and when his father died, the president looked after his stepmother and all her children.

Would he have done that if he hated the Kalangas?” said the statement read out to journalists by Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association Secretary General Victor Matemadanda.

Mugabe provoked an ethnic storm at the end of last month’s Sadc extraordinary summit in Harare when he said Kalangas from southern Zimbabwe are “uneducated and prone to committing petty crimes in South Africa”.

The ageing leader’s comments came in the wake of deadly xenophobic violence against immigrants in South Africa that left seven people dead.

The gaffe attracted condemnation from across the country and beyond with lobby groups demanding an apology but the veteran ruler has remained mum on the issue, going about his “business as usual”.

Source : New Zimbabwe