Chinotimba, who is in a war veterans faction led by Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene, last week requested the army to supply them with guns for self-protection saying he feared protesters could target them.
But Retired Colonel Basten Beta yesterday said Chinotimba’s remarks were irresponsible,
We note with concern the reckless statements by purported war veterans like Joseph Chinotimba threatening to use guns on peaceful protesters demonstrating under the auspices of the Nera. We used the gun during the liberation struggle to free the same people that the likes of Chinotimba want oppressed through the same instrument. By using the gun against the people, who does Chinotimba want to liberate?
He said people had legitimate reasons to protest and their grievances would never be solved by firing volleys of expensive ammunition at the protesters,
The demonstrators want food. They are women with empty pots because they have nothing to cook. They are unemployed but highly educated graduates who want jobs. The demonstrators are the people reeling under extreme poverty caused by economic mismanagement and they are crying out to be heard by the managers of the economy. They are unarmed peaceful citizens who do not deserve to be annihilated by guns in the hands of fake war veterans.