War vet­er­ans reaf­firm sup­port for Zanu-PF

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WAR vet­er­ans have reaf­firmed their sup­port for Zanu-PF and its “orig­i­nal and au­then­tic lead­er­ship”, say­ing the cur­rent man­ner in which the party is be­ing run was driv­ing them away from the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party.

In a frank ex­change of views in Harare yes­ter­day, war vet­er­ans told the Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for their wel­fare, Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube, that if the cur­rent set-up was al­lowed to con­tinue, the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s en­emy would suc­ceed in de­stroy­ing the party from within.

The vet­er­ans con­demned cor­rup­tion in all its forms, adding there was a nexus be­tween cor­rupt el­e­ments within the party and those driv­ing them out of the party.

Apart from mem­bers of the Pre­sid­ium, most of the se­nior po­si­tions in Zanu-PF’s Polit­buro are oc­cu­pied by peo­ple with­out lib­er­a­tion cre­den­tials — some of whom were pre­pubescent youths at in­de­pen­dence.

At yes­ter­day’s meet­ing, war vet­er­ans were rep­re­sented by the chair­man of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Cde Chris Mutsvangwa, who was in the com­pany of other ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers, Cdes Head­man Moyo (vice chair­man) and Dou­glas Mahiya (spokesper­son).

Rtd Col Dube rep­re­sented Gov­ern­ment to­gether with the min­istry’s per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, Re­tired Bri­gadier Gen­eral Wal­ter Tap­fu­maneyi.

The out­come of the meet­ing will soon be com­mu­ni­cated to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties for con­sid­er­a­tion and pos­si­ble adop­tion.

Af­ter six hours of in­tense dis­cus­sions, the two par­ties is­sued a joint state­ment.

In the state­ment, Rtd Col Dube said: “The war vet­er­ans reaf­firmed their sta­tus as rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies, as­sert­ing their un­wa­ver­ing loy­alty to Zim­babwe, the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party Zanu-PF and its orig­i­nal and au­then­tic lead­er­ship.

“They as­serted that the cur­rent man­ner in which the party is be­ing run is driv­ing them away be­cause they see the party as hav­ing been hi­jacked away from the ethos and ideals of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle. In this re­gard, they ex­pressed clearly that if these is­sues are not ad­dressed ur­gently, the en­emy’s pro­nounced in­ten­tions of ef­fect­ing regime change from within will man­i­fest.

“They saw the cur­rent rift be­tween the party and the war vet­er­ans as be­ing or­ches­trated from within the party by el­e­ments who are de­ter­mined to de­stroy the party from within at the be­hest of the ar­chi­tects of regime change.”

Rtd Col Dube said the war vet­er­ans also de­nied the au­thor­ship of the Blue Ocean doc­u­ment and the con­tro­ver­sial July 21 com­mu­niqué which pur­ported that the free­dom fight­ers had sev­ered ties with Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and Zanu-PF.

He said the war vet­er­ans pointed out that the two doc­u­ments were part of a ne­far­i­ous and broader scheme by the en­emy to draw a wedge be­tween them and Zanu-PF.

Said Rtd Col Dube: “They (war vet­er­ans) went fur­ther, once again, to un­equiv­o­cally dis­tance them­selves from both the Blue Ocean doc­u­ment and the com­mu­niqué of 21 july 2016.

“In this re­spect, they dis­missed at­tempts to at­tribute the au­thor­ship and dis­tri­bu­tion of these doc­u­ments to the ZNLWVA as part of a broader strat­egy to drive a wedge with the war vet­er­ans who are the his­tor­i­cal stal­warts of the party.”

He said the war vet­er­ans also de­manded equal treat­ment of all party mem­bers re­gard­less of po­si­tion or sta­tus.

In re­sponse, Rtd Col Dube said the min­istry re­minded the war vet­er­ans that as a Gov­ern­ment min­istry, they had a man­date to unify war vet­er­ans and en­sure that they had a har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship with the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party. “The min­istry re­sponded by reaf­firm­ing its ex­ec­u­tive man­date to or­gan­ise and unify the vet­er­ans of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle,” he said.

“The de­sired end state be­ing a uni­fied, or­gan­ised, re­spon­si­bly led and loyal fra­ter­nity of vet­er­ans of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle which is in a good re­la­tion­ship with the party and its lead­er­ship for the ben­e­fit of the whole na­tion and pros­per­ity of all Zim­bab­weans.

“The cas­cad­ing of war vet­er­ans struc­tures within the party, thus main­stream­ing them in na­tional pol­i­tics, is not tar­geted at sur­plant­ing the Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion.”

Rtd Col Dube said both par­ties agreed to con­demn cor­rup­tion in all its forms.

He said the vet­er­ans of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle pointed at what they see as a nexus be­tween cor­rupt el­e­ments within the party and those who are driv­ing them out of the party.

Their voice on cor­rup­tion comes at a time when the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, which is now be­ing ad­min­is­tered by the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net, is in­ves­ti­gat­ing sev­eral cases of cor­rup­tion by high pro­file fig­ures in Gov­ern­ment.

One such case in­volves Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo and his deputy Dr God­frey Gan­dawa who are be­ing ac­cused of abus­ing over $400 000 be­long­ing to the Zim­babwe Man­power Devel­op­ment Fund.

His Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing coun­ter­part Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere is also un­der the mi­cro­scope over a mat­ter in­volv­ing fraud­u­lent al­lo­ca­tion of res­i­den­tial stands in Harare’s Chishawasha B area.

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