High Court post­pones war vets lead­er­ship hear­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

THE High Court yes­ter­day post­poned to to­day the hear­ing of the war veter­ans wran­gle over the elec­tion of new lead­er­ship of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

The Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Veter­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion (ZNLWVA) last week suc­cess­fully sought an in­ter­dict block­ing a splin­ter group from con­ven­ing a spe­cial meet­ing to elect new lead­er­ship of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Man­i­ca­land Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Cde Mandi Chimene leads the splin­ter group, as its in­terim chair­per­son.

The or­der was granted against Cdes Ge­orge Mlala, Charles Mpofu, Joseph Chino­timba, Es­ther Mun­yaradzi, Stephen Moyo and Robert Muk­wena.

Jus­tice Joseph Musakwa, last week de­ferred the mat­ter to yes­ter­day for fur­ther hear­ing and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the ap­pli­ca­tion in re­spect of the other seven - Cdes Ge­orge Ma­tenda, Pa­trick Nyaruwata, Fu­ture Piriyana, Welling­ton Chite­hwe, Rueben Chikono, Thomas Matambe and Thomas Ku­naka. But yes­ter­day, the judge fur­ther de­ferred the hear­ing against the seven to al­low them to file their op­pos­ing pa­pers. They have also en­listed ser­vices of Gweru lawyers Garikayi and Com­pany to ar­gue their case.

The Chimene-led group is ex­pected to con­vene a meet­ing to elect a new ex­ec­u­tive of the ZNLWVA.

Ad­dress­ing war veter­ans, women’s league and youths gath­ered at the Zanu-PF Head­quar­ters re­cently, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe told the for­mer free­dom fight­ers to elect new lead­er­ship, if they so wish.

In an ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion heard be­fore Jus­tice Musakwa in the High Court yes­ter­day, 13 mem­bers of the splin­ter group were listed as re­spon­dents.

The call for new lead­er­ship in the ZNLWVA fol­lows a vote of no con­fi­dence on the Christo­pher Mutsvangwa-led ex­ec­u­tive.

Mutsvangwa was sub­se­quently ex­pelled from Zanu-PF af­ter he was con­victed of con­duct that showed dis­re­spect of the party lead­er­ship.

The Mutsvangwa-led ZNLWVA ex­ec­u­tive went to court to stop the pend­ing elec­tions. Through their lawyer, Mr Rungano Mahuni, they ar­gued that the Con­sti­tu­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion does not pro­vide for the re­moval of its lead­ers by vote of no con­fi­dence.

He ar­gued that the Chimene-led fac­tion could not pur­port to act on be­half of the as­so­ci­a­tion in the ab­sence of an elec­tion to bring them into the lead­er­ship of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

But the Chimene fac­tion ar­gues that the Mutsvangwa-led ex­ec­u­tive was re­moved by a vote of no con­fi­dence.

ZNLWVA sec­re­tary gen­eral Vic­tor Matemadanda, spokesper­son Dou­glas Mahiya, na­tional com­mis­sar Fran­cis Nhando and deputy chair­per­son Head­man Moyo have since been ex­pelled from Zanu-PF for in­dis­ci­pline.

The quar­tet ap­peared in court fac­ing charges of at­tempt­ing to sub­vert the con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected Gov­ern­ment. They are all out on $300 bail each.

They were ar­rested in connection with a damn­ing com­mu­nique last month urg­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to re­sign.

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