Stake­hold­ers hail Matemadanda ap­point­ment

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Her­ald Re­porter

THE re­cent ap­point­ment of fire­brand war veteran and Gokwe Cen­tral leg­is­la­tor Cde Vic­tor Matemadanda as Deputy Min­is­ter of De­fence and War Veter­ans by Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has been well re­ceived.

Cde Matemadanda’s cam­paign man­ager and strate­gist, busi­ness­man Cde Ti­nashe Mu­tarisi, hailed the ap­point­ment as a be­fit­ting hon­our to a lu­mi­nary and loyal cadre of the party.

“Cde Matemadanda be­longs to a rare class of lu­mi­nar­ies and un­wa­ver­ing politi­cians who al­ways ex­ude pos­i­tive en­ergy and we thank the Pres­i­dent for be­stow­ing him with such re­spect,” he said.

“As the young gen­er­a­tion, we look up to such stal­warts of the strug­gle who sac­ri­ficed their all for the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle and re­main stead­fast in the de­fence of lib­er­a­tion ideals.”

Cde Matemadanda, who was forced out of the party af­ter speak­ing out against for­mer First Lady Grace Mu­gabe and the G40 ca­bal, has re­mained vo­cal on is­sues that go against the dic­tates of the party.

Even af­ter be­ing kicked out of the party, Cde Matemadanda con­tin­ued to speak against cor­rupt ten­den­cies in the ech­e­lons of power and his com­bat­ant ap­proach ral­lied many Zim­bab­weans to­wards a suc­cess­ful Op­er­a­tion Re­store Le­gacy.

His ap­point­ment to the cru­cial min­istry where he deputises Cde Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri has been wel­comed as Zim­babwe seeks to de­fend the gains of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle and chart a path to­wards eco­nomic re­vival and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

Cde Matemadanda’s uni­fy­ing role through his ef­fec­tive ac­count of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle helped bring san­ity amongst war veter­ans, war col­lab­o­ra­tors and ex-de­tainees as the G40 ca­bal had caused sev­eral di­vi­sions amongst this im­por­tant arm of the party.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has fos­tered a re­turn to the guid­ing prin­ci­ples of the party through fus­ing veter­ans of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle with tech­nocrats and young lead­ers.

War veter­ans leader and Zanu-PF Polit­buro mem­ber Cde Dou­glas Mahiya said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has re­stored the con­fi­dence of the war veter­ans by ap­point­ing Cde Matemadanda.

“War veter­ans were tired of be­ing fooled by the for­mer pres­i­dent Mu­gabe,” he said. “Some of them wanted to vote for the op­po­si­tion, but Cde Matemadanda to­gether with other war veter­ans worked hard in restor­ing con­fi­dence in the rul­ing party.

“Cde Matemadanda’s brand of pol­i­tics even as the party was on the verge of col­lapse helped rally Zim­bab­weans re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion as seen by the unity that ex­isted dur­ing the Op­er­a­tion Re­store Le­gacy.”

Cde Matemadanda

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