War vets dump Mutsvangwa

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THE Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion (ZNLWA) Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive has bro­ken ranks with the Christo­pher Mutsvangwa-led group as the fall-out over the com­mu­niqué de­nounc­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe deep­ens.

The Mata­bele­land North war vet­er­ans’ pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive be­comes the first pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship to dump Mutsvangwa and his group of rogue ex-com­bat­ants.

In a state­ment after a meet­ing in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, Lu­pane, on Sun­day, the ZNLWA Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship said they are not part of the crew that met in Harare to de­nounce Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

The meet­ing was also at­tended by the Zanu-PF Mata­bele­land North lead­er­ship.

“The pro­vin­cial chair­man of war vet­er­ans, Mata­bele­land North Cde S K Mguni on be­half of all the war vet­er­ans in the prov­ince, would like to in­form the party that we’re be­hind His Ex­cel­lency Pres­i­dent RG Mu­gabe, the First Sec­re­tary of Zanu-PF and Pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe . . . who is also pa­tron of the war vet­er­ans,” reads the war vet­er­ans’ state­ment.

“As war vet­er­ans of Mata­bele­land North, we’re wholly be­hind our party lead­er­ship. In ad­di­tion we’re not part of the com­mu­niqué and the meet­ing which was held in Harare on July 21. We dis­so­ci­ate our­selves from the com­mu­niqué. Cde Mu­gabe is our pa­tron and our sole can­di­date for the 2018 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.”

Cde Mguni said the war vet­er­ans’ pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship was cog­nisant of the fact that they must re­main guided by the party.

Zanu-PF Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial chair­man Cde Richard Moyo said war vet­er­ans in the prov­ince must be com­mended for their stance.

“They said as Mata­bele­land North war vet­er­ans they’re be­hind Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe. They in­vited us to their meet­ing where they told their struc­tures that they are not part of the group that wrote a com­mu­niqué den­i­grat­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe. As a party, we’re happy be­cause we were wor­ried that they also could have been mis­guided,” he said.

Cde Moyo said the meet­ing was at­tended by for­mer free­dom fight­ers from the dis­trict to the pro­vin­cial level.

Se­nior mem­bers of the ZNLWVA: the as­so­ci­a­tion’s na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar, Fran­cis Nhando; sec­re­tary-gen­eral Vic­tor Matemadanda, na­tional vice chair­man Head­man Moyo; spokesper­son Dou­glas Mahiya and ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for Harare prov­ince Hoyini Sa­muel Bhila have pend­ing cases be­fore the courts for un­der­min­ing the au­thor­ity of the Pres­i­dent fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the trea­sonous doc­u­ment.—@nqot­shili.

Christo­pher Mutsvangwa

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