Factionalism rocks Mat South war vets
THE Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association Matabeleland South provincial executive led by Deputy Home Affairs Minister, Cde Obedingwa Mguni has been barred from using the war veterans’ office and hall at the Zanu-PF provincial headquarters by a rival group aligned to Cde Mandi Chimene.
The Cde Chimene aligned group which is led by Cde Eyer Moyo met at the Zanu-PF hall in Gwanda on Friday and resolved to bar the rival group from using the premises after accusing it of working against President Mugabe.
The meeting was also attended by the group’s acting national vice president, George Mlala.
The resolution to bar members of Cde Mguni’s executive was endorsed by all the seven war veterans’ districts in the province namely Matobo, Umzingwane, Gwanda, Beitbridge, Bulilima, Insiza and Mangwe.
The provincial secretary general Cde John Dube said they could not allow a group which through its damning communiqué, confirmed it is fighting the President, to continue using party offices.
“They are working against Zanu-PF and our President and patron. They should not be allowed to use the office here and this venue for meetings. We should take the keys to the office and make sure that they are not given access to the hall for their meetings,” said Cde Dube.
Cde Moyo said those under Cde Mguni have no mandate to run the affairs of war veterans in the province as their chairperson Christopher Mutsvangwa was fighting President Mugabe.
“We can’t follow such people. How would our concerns reach the President if the leader is fighting the very person who is supposed to help us? We can’t allow that to happen. We were given the mandate to run the affairs of the association by the President and organise a congress to choose the new leadership,” said Cde Moyo.
Cde Mguni could not be reached for comment as he was said to be in a meeting yesterday.
Cde Obedingwa Mguni