Mutsvangwa-led ex­ec­u­tive be­hav­iour wor­ry­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

THE Gov­ern­ment has con­demned in­creas­ing un­ruly be­hav­iour ex­hib­ited by the Christo­pher Mutsvangwa-led na­tional ex­ec­u­tive of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion and its con­tempt for Zanu-PF and its lead­er­ship.

The sen­ti­ments by War Vet­er­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors, Ex-po­lit­i­cal De­tainees and Restrictees Min­is­ter Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube fol­low re­cent ut­ter­ances by ex­pelled for­mer war vets lead­ers who have been cas­ti­gat­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and the Gov­ern­ment through the pri­vate me­dia.

The Mutsvangwa ex­ec­u­tive is ac­cused of mak­ing pub­lic pro­nounce­ments against the party lead­er­ship and cir­cu­lat­ing sub­ver­sive doc­u­ments like the Blue Ocean Strat­egy and a Com­mu­nique den­i­grat­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Bulawayo yes­ter­day, Min­is­ter Dube said they were work­ing hard to bring the two war­ring fac­tions of war vet­er­ans to­gether through con­sul­ta­tions that are set to be­gin next week.

“The Min­istry equally con­demns the in­creas­ing way­ward po­si­tions of the Masvingo elected group against the party and its lead­er­ship. We ap­peal to all war vet­er­ans to give us a chance to in­tro­duce struc­tures that will help our or­gan­i­sa­tion to pro­ceed with dig­nity and pur­pose,” he said.

Min­is­ter Dube said the con­sul­ta­tions set for next week seek to unite all war vet­er­ans and cater for their wel­fare.

“The Min­istry of War Vet­er­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors, De­tainees and Restrictees will soon be invit­ing provin­cial chair­per­sons of war vet­er­ans for con­sul­ta­tions maybe next week. Our motto in the Min­istry is to unite all war vet­er­ans and de­liver their wel­fare within our means,” he said.

Min­is­ter Dube urged war vet­er­ans to “un­equiv­o­cally con­tinue to up­hold and sup­port Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s sole can­di­da­ture for Zanu-PF in the 2018 Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions as en­shrined in the res­o­lu­tions of the Zanu-PF con­fer­ence held in Vic­to­ria Falls in De­cem­ber 2015.”

Min­is­ter Dube said the there were two groups in the war vet­er­ans as­so­ci­a­tion — the Mutsvangwa-led and Mandi­itawepi Chimene headed fac­tions.

He crit­i­cised Cde Chimene for ig­nor­ing a court or­der bar­ring her from tak­ing over the lead­er­ship of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“Our courts have been drawn to th­ese prob­lems and clearly ruled that a splin­ter group may not mas­quer­ade as rep­re­sent­ing the main groups. We must show re­spect to our courts of the law, the judges are re­cruited by the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and sworn in by the Pres­i­dent,” Min Dube said.

“Ig­nor­ing the judg­ment of the court amounts to crim­i­nal con­tempt. It also shows dis­loy­alty to the Pres­i­dent.

“The Min­istry there­fore con­demns in the strong­est terms the op­por­tunis­tic machi­na­tions by some splin­ter groups to wrest con­trol of the War Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion by un­ortho­dox means in con­tempt of High Court in­ter­dicts specif­i­cally bar­ring them from such ac­tions”. — @Aux­il­iaK

Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube

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