Mutsvangwa-led war vets’ ex­ec­u­tive to meet Govt

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Nya­mukondiwa Chin­hoyi Bureau

THE Christopher Mutsvangwa-led ex­ec­u­tive of war veter­ans will to­day meet with Gov­ern­ment in a bid to find com­mon ground fol­low­ing an­i­mos­ity that has cas­caded to grass­root war veter­ans.

The meet­ing will also seek to find ways of unit­ing the frac­tious war veter­ans who have been di­vided, with some aligned to Cde Mandi Chimene, while oth­ers are af­fil­i­ated to the Cde Mutsvangwa-led fac­tion.

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, the per­ma­nent sec­re­tary in the Ministry of Wel­fare Ser­vices for War Veter­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors and Ex-de­tainees Re­tired Bri­gadierGen­eral Wal­ter Tap­fu­maneyi said they will in­clude all mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive.

These in­clude sec­re­tary-gen­eral Cde Vic­tor Matemadanda and spokesper­son Cde Dou­glas Mahiya among oth­ers.

“We are try­ing to ad­dress divi­sions, which are in the war veter­ans move­ment, and seek to un­der­stand where they dif­fer and try to bring con­ver­gence,” said Rtd BrigGen Tap­fu­maneyi.

The meet­ing ties in with a process that was started in Au­gust fol­low­ing the setting up of a high level ad-hoc com­mit­tee led by sec­re­tary for war veter­ans in Zanu-PF, Dr Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi.

It also in­cludes the revo­lu­tion­ary party’s sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Dr Ig­natius Chombo, State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Cde Kembo Mo­hadi, War Veter­ans’ Min­is­ter Cde Tshinga Dube and all ser­vice chiefs.

The process seeks to main­stream war veter­ans with the party Zanu-PF on the ba­sis that the veter­ans can­not be an af­fil­i­ate of the party but should find space in its struc­tures.

This will see struc­tures start­ing from the cell, like the Women’s and Youth Leagues with full rights in the party.

Brig-Gen Tap­fu­maneyi said the as­so­ci­a­tion of war veter­ans will con­tinue with its ad­vo­cacy work.

“It’s not about the as­so­ci­a­tion and its lead­er­ship. Where they want us to as­sist as a ministry, we will be able to as­sist be­cause we have an ex­ec­u­tive man­date to or­gan­ise and unify the war veter­ans,” he said.

The Mutsvangwa-led war veter­ans body con­trols about 70 per­cent of the 34 000 strong body, while the Mandi Chimene-led ex­ec­u­tive has about 30 per­cent of the mem­bers.

He said the ministry was not im­pos­ing a struc­ture on war veter­ans, but wants them united so that they fol­low due pro­cesses that will lead to them choos­ing their lead­er­ship.

“We want to un­der­stand where and why we dif­fer, and if these are mat­ters of prin­ci­ple from ei­ther side, where com­pro­mises can­not be reached then it is plau­si­ble that we agree to am­i­ca­bly part ways,” he said.

He said wel­fare is­sues that fall within his purview are in­di­vid­u­ally ac­cessed but said the cur­rent process is the best chance after the ind­aba with Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe that war veter­ans have to present their griev­ances and claim their space.

To­day’s meet­ing was sched­uled for yes­ter­day but was shifted to to­day due to un­ex­plained rea­sons.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

Cde Tshinga Dube

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