Zanu-PF blasts ‘war vets’ com­mu­niqué

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Mu­gabe Harare Bu­reau

ZANU-PF prov­inces yes­ter­day crit­i­cised a com­mu­niqué pur­port­edly is­sued by mem­bers of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tions on Thurs­day last week at­tack­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

No-one has so far claimed au­thor­ship of the com­mu­niqué.

The so-called com­mu­niqué was cir­cu­lated in the me­dia with­out a sig­na­ture soon af­ter a ZNLWVA meet­ing held in Harare.

War vet­er­ans, through their Govern­ment port­fo­lio led by Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube, have dis­tanced them­selves from the doc­u­ment say­ing se­cu­rity agen­cies have been ac­ti­vated to trace its ori­gins.

De­fence Min­is­ter Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi yes­ter­day said the doc­u­ment could be the work of Fifth Colum­nists.

This comes as it emerged that another doc­u­ment — Blue Ocean — that was also linked to the free­dom fight­ers, had not orig­i­nated from them.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists soon af­ter their meet­ing in Harare yes­ter­day, Zanu-PF pro­vin­cial chair­per­sons is­sued a col­lec­tive state­ment con­demn­ing the com­mu­niqué.

The com­mu­niqué was read by Mid­lands deputy chair­per­son Cde Daniel Mackenzie.

“We, the chair­per­sons of the Zim­babwe African Na­tional Union Pa­tri­otic Front (Zanu-PF) rep­re­sent­ing the 10 prov­inces of the coun­try, are alarmed by the state­ment is­sued out of a meet­ing of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion held at Rayl­ton Sports Club in Harare on Thurs­day 21st July 2016,” said Cde Mackenzie.

“Our con­cern is with the sub­stance and form of the state­ment which im­pugns the per­son and Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Zim­babwe and Com­man­der-In-Chief of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces and pa­tron of the ZNLWVA.”

He said the party con­demned the state­ment and those who au­thored it.

Cde Mackenzie called on the party to take ac­tion against those im­pli­cated in au­thor­ing and dis­tribut­ing the doc­u­ment.

Mean­while, Min­is­ter Sek­era­mayi was quoted say­ing: “You also get a sit­u­a­tion that it might be our en­e­mies.

“In any or­gan­i­sa­tion there are some peo­ple who are per­suaded whom we nor­mally re­fer to as the Fifth Col­umn. They might be used by our en­e­mies to in­fil­trate us. A treach­er­ous doc­u­ment of that na­ture is not just writ­ten with­out peo­ple con­verg­ing and agree­ing on points to make.”

Min­is­ter Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi

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