War veterans leaders declare loyalty to President, First Lady
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