War vet­er­ans lead­ers de­clare loy­alty to Pres­i­dent, First Lady

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THE Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion yes­ter­day said it had no is­sues with Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and the First Lady, Dr Grace Mu­gabe, but a few in­di­vid­u­als in Zanu-PF who sought to de­stroy the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party from within.

The war vet­er­ans also said they were giv­ing a chance to the re-en­gage­ment ef­forts be­tween them and the Govern­ment which were be­ing spear­headed by Wel­fare Ser­vices for War Vet­er­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors, For­mer Po­lit­i­cal De­tainees and Restrictees Min­is­ter Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists in Harare yes­ter­day, ZNLWVA chair­per­son Cde Christo­pher Mutsvangwa dis­missed me­dia re­ports that the war vet­er­ans were de­mand­ing $500 000 each as pay­out from the Govern­ment.

He said dur­ing their en­gage­ment with Min­is­ter Dube, which was fol­lowed by a joint com­mu­nique, they talked about a clique in Zanu-PF that was de­stroy­ing the party.

“We never dis­cussed the First Lady of the na­tion. We re­spect her place as the wife of our Pres­i­dent,” Cde Mutsvangwa said.

“We’ve no par­tic­u­lar gripe about her re­gard­less of what may have hap­pened in the past. We’ve got is­sues with (Cde) Saviour Ka­sukuwere (Zanu-PF na­tional com­mis­sar) and Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo (Sec­re­tary for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy) and we make no apolo­gies on that. Those two are what we view as the main cul­prits in the at­tempted power grab. We know about the two lads and their abuse of party ma­chin­ery to hound the war vet­er­ans out of the party. We know they make state­ments about the most revered in­sti­tu­tion of Zim­babwe which is the army. Dur­ing our meet­ing with Min­is­ter Dube, we def­i­nitely dis­cussed G40 and it was in the con­text of our re­la­tions with the party and we make no re­grets about it.”

Cde Mutsvangwa said war vet­er­ans wanted Cdes Ka­sukuwere and Moyo held ac­count­able for the cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions they were fac­ing.

Prof Moyo stands ac­cused of si­phon­ing more than $430 000 meant for ter­tiary stu­dents from the Zim­babwe Man­power Devel­op­ment Fund (Zimdef).

Zimdef falls un­der the Min­istry of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Devel­op­ment, which Prof Moyo su­per­in­tends.

Ac­cord­ing to the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, part of the money was si­phoned through shelf com­pa­nies.

Cde Ka­sukuwere on the other hand is un­der fire over the way he han­dled the is­sue of res­i­den­tial stands that are sup­posed to ben­e­fit youths, women and civil ser­vants in Chishawasha B, Harare.

More than 300 A1 farm­ers from the area re­cently demon­strated against the min­is­ter, ac­cus­ing him of par­celling out their land.

The na­tional com­mis­sar is also ac­cused of im­pos­ing a can­di­date (Cde Ron­ald Chind­edza) in the re­cent Nor­ton by-elec­tion, which re­sulted in Zanu-PF los­ing the seat to an independent can­di­date, Mr Temba Mliswa.

Cde Christo­pher Mutsvangwa

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