Zanu PF infighting: Matemadanda bashed

HARARE - The secretary-general of a faction of war veterans loyal to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Victor Matemadanda, was involved in an ugly fight in Gokwe last week, as the deadly factional and succession wars ravaging Zanu PF continue to escalate.

While Matemadanda claimed earlier yesterday that he had been beaten by thugs that had allegedly been set on him by former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First, the Daily News later gathered that the assailants that he fought with are from a rival Zanu PF-aligned war veterans group.

“I know the people, although I will not mention them. I know they are people who have joined Mujuru’s party and I have made a police report, so I will not want to jeopardise their investigations by commenting further than that,” Matemadanda said.

But one of the ex-freedom fighters who were involved in the altercation with Matemadanda, Stephen Moyo, confirmed to the Daily News that he had exchanged blows with him after they disagreed over Matemadanda’s decision to back Christopher Mutsvangwa’s bid to resist his recent ouster as the leader of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association.

Mutsvangwa was ousted from that position last month, following a vote of no confidence that was passed against him — and subsequently being replaced in an interim capacity by Manicaland Provincial minister Mandi Chimene.

“He confronted me when I met him on my way to watch a football match between Liverpool and Manchester United, querying why we were supporting Chimene’s leadership.

“He accused me of being used by the First Lady (Mugabe’s wife Grace) for nothing, and when I insisted that I would not support a leadership that was fired, he came out of his car, grabbed me by the collar and slapped me twice on the cheek.

“That is when I retaliated, prompting his colleagues to come to his rescue while he threatened to shoot me. I then ran away fearing for my life,” the Romania-trained Zanla veteran, Moyo — whose war time nom de guerre was Chief Chimurenga — said.

Moyo also accused Matemadanda of falsely claiming that all the war veterans who were resisting Mutsvangwa were linked to Mujuru’s ZPF.

“As war veterans, we are bitter that he and Mutsvangwa lied to us that the government had mobilised resources for our children’s school fees, and that is why we attended the meeting in Harare and were beaten by police.

“War veterans had been misled on many things, and thank God, the president (Mugabe) cleared the air and honestly told us that the government did not have money at the moment, but that resources would be found.

“What we realised later was that most of the people who went to Harare for the meeting were not genuine war veterans, but youths who had been promised beer.

“How then can we support such a leadership?” Moyo charged.


Comments (9)

Aaa-ah matemadanda wakapurwa?!

SaManyika Chaiye - 14 March 2016

Well this idiot talks a lot of rubbish Moyo must have kicked that big mouth till it remained toothless.

Chimedza matombo - 14 March 2016

Zvitete izvi. I want these ZANU people to kill each other......

Jojo Madiro - 14 March 2016

Beating and beating to kill is what they know best. How many citizens were beaten for expressing divergent political views in Zimbabwe? We ran from them, now they run from themselves as we watch. Isn't it refreshing?

Mr Dete - 14 March 2016

So the government does not have money to pay for the war vets kids fees but has money to send Robert jnr to American University in Dubai ???

eheka Mombe - 15 March 2016

I am just wondering when will this fight start producing real casualties, I mean death of some of them, they need to start killing each other , they are taking too long

sherpard - 15 March 2016

@mr Dete; violence by zanu against zanu is the most refreshing thing I have these days. I even stopped taking castle lite and started relishing on this savoury & aromatic behaviour being dished out by zanu. now the jabus, mtsvangwas, mujurus, mutasas etc are calling for reforms much louder than mdc.that moyo boy should have given matemadanda a thorough beating nxaa!

SaManyika Chaiye - 15 March 2016

that's exactly what mugabe wants to see divisions and infightings amongst the warvets.

nehanda nyakasikana - 15 March 2016

Please can anyone explain to me who is ZANU PF. May be I am highly mistaken but from the look of things since December 2014 it shows that ZANU PF is an individual's project. all other members no matter what positions they hold cannot criticize the owner of the project. So guys in future be careful of the people you vote in power for they will forget that we also want to lead.

Chihwemukudu - 15 March 2016

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