War vets min­is­ter re­fuses to recog­nise Mandi Chimene-led ex­ec­u­tive

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THE Gov­ern­ment will not recog­nise the war vet­er­ans’ struc­tures be­ing set up by Cde Mandi­itawepi Chimene’s sup­port­ers and will con­tinue work­ing with those that ex­isted be­fore the ex­pul­sion of the erst­while war vet­er­ans chair­man, Cde Christo­pher Mutsvangwa, a Cabi­net Min­is­ter has said.

Ad­dress­ing mem­bers of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion from the Mid­lands and Masvingo Prov­inces in Gweru on Sunday, the Min­is­ter of Wel­fare Ser­vices for War Vet­er­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors and Ex-Po­lit­i­cal De­tainees, Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube, said the Gov­ern­ment does not sup­port par­al­lel struc­tures.

Some of the struc­tures were set up by Cde Ge­orge Mlala as a fol­low up to the sol­i­dar­ity meet­ing which the free­dom fight­ers con­vened with Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in June.

Rtd Col Dube said the min­istry wants war vet­er­ans to unite.

He said for­mer war vet­er­ans chair­per­son, Cde Mutsvangwa and five other ex­pelled ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers were still mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion although they had out­stand­ing is­sues to re­solve with the party and the courts.

“As the Gov­ern­ment we don’t ap­prove of par­al­lel struc­tures. It’s a lie to say Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said there shall be par­al­lel struc­tures. What Cde Chimene and Cde Mlala did is null and void. We don’t recog­nise the struc­tures that they set up. If Mlala wanted his own struc­tures he should have reg­is­tered his own as­so­ci­a­tion and we wouldn’t have prob­lems with that. What­ever was said dur­ing the sol­i­dar­ity meet­ing was not part of our pro­gramme as a min­istry be­cause you all know where the money that spon­sored that meet­ing came from. The meet­ing was not for­mally com­mu­ni­cated to us as a min­istry,” Rtd Col Dube said.

He said Cde Chimene had con­ceded that they erred in set­ting up par­al­lel struc­tures and fan­ning di­vi­sions among war vet­er­ans.

Rtd Col Dube said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe wanted to see war vet­er­ans united and speak­ing with one voice.

“The de­ci­sion to ex­pel some of the com­rades who might have made a mis­take wasn’t the Pres­i­dent’s. In my view there were other peo­ple who wanted them out.

“The Pres­i­dent un­der­stands war vet­er­ans very much be­cause we were to­gether in the trenches and is there­fore cog­nisant of their plight,” he said.

Rtd Col Dube said the Gov­ern­ment had set up a steer­ing com­mit­tee to run the af­fairs of the as­so­ci­a­tion pend­ing con­clu­sion of the Mutsvangwa case. The com­mit­tee would be led by Cde Robert Ncube as­sisted by Cdes Chi­nen­gundu and Mlala.

In Au­gust, Cde Mlala came to the Mid­lands where he set up a par­al­lel struc­ture which he said was now the of­fi­cially recog­nised pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive.

Cde Lot Chi­h­w­ereva Mpofu of Mberengwa was ap­pointed in­terim chair­per­son, deputised by Cde Noah Kasikai of Gweru while Cde Stephen Moyo was ap­pointed sec­re­tary. — @mun­ya_­musi­iwa.

Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube

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