Mid­lands war vets ex­ec­u­tive snubs Mlala

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ZIM­BABWE Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion (ZNLWVA) mem­bers yes­ter­day held par­al­lel meet­ings in Gweru with Cde Ge­orge Mlala con­ven­ing one at Mkoba Hall while the Mid­lands ex­ec­u­tive had theirs at the Zanu-PF dis­trict of­fices.

The pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive snubbed Cde Mlala say­ing in­for­ma­tion on his meet­ing had not been com­mu­ni­cated through of­fi­cial struc­tures.

ZNLWVA Mid­lands chair­per­son Cde Vir­ginia Mu­pasu pro­fessed ig­no­rance of the meet­ing which was con­vened by Cde Mlala. “As the Mid­lands ex­ec­u­tive, we did not at­tend the other meet­ing that you are talk­ing about be­cause we were not aware of it. We had our meet­ing today where we in­vited a fer­tiliser com­pany to Gweru to in­ter­face with war vet­er­ans. We had ne­go­ti­ated with them so that they could give our com­rades fer­tiliser loans ahead of the 2016/17 sum­mer crop­ping sea­son,” said Cde Mu­pasu.

“We want to en­sure that our mem­bers par­tic­u­larly those that ben­e­fited from the land re­form pro­gramme have ac­cess to farm­ing in­puts ear­lier ahead of the sum­mer crop­ping sea­son for them to be able to pre­pare on time.

“The idea is to en­sure that the land is not un­der­utilised as well as en­sur­ing food se­cu­rity at house­hold level,” she said.

Cde Mlala of the Cde Mandi­itawepi Chimene-led fac­tion an­nounced a “dis­so­lu­tion” of the Mid­lands ex­ec­u­tive and “ap­pointed a new in­terim one that would han­dle the af­fairs of the prov­ince un­til the next ex­tra­or­di­nary congress.”

Cde Lot Chi­h­w­ereva Mpofu of Mberengwa was ap­pointed in­terim chair­per­son. He would be deputised by Cde Noah Kasikai of Gweru while Cde Stephen Moyo was ap­pointed sec­re­tary gen­eral.

Cde Mlala said: “We should be guided by the party ide­ol­ogy. We should re­spect the peo­ple the same way we used to re­spect them dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle.”

Mean­while, the Gov­ern­ment has called for unity of pur­pose be­tween the war­ring war vet­er­ans’ camps led by Cdes Chris Mutsvangwa and Mandi Chimene as they pre­pare for their ex­tra­or­di­nary congress to elect new lead­er­ship.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe ad­vised the Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion to elect a new lead­er­ship af­ter re­ports that the as­so­ci­a­tion had passed a vote of no con­fi­dence in the Mutsvangwa led ex­ec­u­tive.

Cde Chimene then claimed to be the as­so­ci­a­tion’s leader on an in­terim ba­sis. The High Court, how­ever, or­dered her to stop mas­querad­ing as the as­so­ci­a­tion’s chair and ac­knowl­edged the le­git­i­macy of the Mutsvangwa ex­ec­u­tive.

Min­is­ter of Wel­fare Ser­vices for War Vet­er­ans, Col­lab­o­ra­tors, For­mer Po­lit­i­cal De­tainees and Restrictees, Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube, said on Wed­nes­day that the High Court rul­ing must be re­spected but the war vet­er­ans should find a com­mon ground to over­come the cur­rent con­tra­dic­tions.

He said any­one ag­grieved by the rul­ing should ap­proach the courts for re­course. “As Gov­ern­ment, we call for unity among war vet­er­ans,” said Rtd Col Dube.

“We do not deal with fac­tions and the rul­ing of the High Court should be re­spected. The court has made a rul­ing and we should not be­have like a ba­nana repub­lic. Those judges are ap­pointed by the Pres­i­dent and they use the author­ity of the Pres­i­dent. We want all war vet­er­ans to start the process of hold­ing their congress sooner than later.”

Rtd Col Dube said there were no pri­vate meet­ings held be­tween him and the two camps but they were aware of Gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion on the mat­ter.

“I didn’t have any pri­vate meet­ing with Mutsvangwa or any­one but they know our think­ing. I am sure they read what we say in the pa­pers be­cause news­pa­pers are for the pub­lic,” he said.

Cde Dube said the process was a com­pli­cated one given the court in­ter­dict but he was hope­ful that the chal­lenges were sur­mount­able.

Cde Mutsvangwa and his en­tire ex­ec­u­tive that in­clude Messrs Vic­tor Matemadanda (sec­re­tary gen­eral) and Dou­glas Mahiya (sec­re­tary for in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic­ity) were ex­pelled from Zanu-PF on var­i­ous charges.

Mr Mphakama Mbete

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