War vets join Mliswa campaign

HARARE - Disgruntled members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) descend on Norton tomorrow to join Temba Mliswa’s campaign rally ahead of the forthcoming parliamentary by-election to replace expelled Christopher Mutsvangwa.

Mliswa — contesting the by-election as an independent candidate — was recently endorsed by over 200 Norton-based war veterans.

And interestingly, Mutsvangwa, who was recently recalled from Parliament after he was fired from Zanu PF for alleged defiance, is chairperson of the war veterans’ association.

ZNLWVA secretary-general, Victor Matemadanda, told the Daily News yesterday that the association’s national membership had a duty to lend Mliswa support.

“The district has said they want to back Mliswa and in light of that, it is only proper for us to go there and back him as an executive,” Matemadanda said.

Mliswa, who will square off with Zanu PF’s Ronald Chindedza, yesterday said he had also invited former ZNLWVA chairperson, Jabulani Sibanda, to the rally.

However, efforts to get Sibanda’s confirmation were unsuccessful as his mobile phone was unreachable.

War veterans’ Norton district leader Joseph Chinyangari said they decided to turn their backs on Zanu PF in protest over the recent expulsion of their leaders from the ruling party.

“By expelling our leadership, Zanu PF has made it clear that they have nothing to do with us and likewise, we have nothing to do with them. We unanimously agreed to back Mliswa against any Zanu PF candidate,” Chinyangani said last month when his executive met to endorse Mliswa’s candidature.

Several ZNLWVA members — deputy chairperson Headman Moyo, Matemadanda, spokesperson Douglas Mahiya and political commissar Francis Nhando — were recently expelled from Zanu PF after they openly criticised President Robert Mugabe.

The war veterans have always been a major pillar of support for Mugabe’s 36-year grip on power, up until the fallout.

Mliswa, a former Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson, was also expelled from the ruling party on allegations of teaming up with former Vice President Joice Mujuru and several other top party officials to unseat 92-year-old Mugabe.

“It’s not only war veterans who are backing me but also the local traditional leaders. They are just responding to the clarion call of their subjects who have said they want me to represent their interests in Parliament,” he told the Daily News.

“Everyone is supporting me, even those that do not reside in the constituency, and that is why you find even Jabulani is driving all the way from Bulawayo to show solidarity,” Mliswa said.

Comments (5)

The chickens are coming home to roost.The joint venture was long overdue.The question whichb remains to be answered is why do people take long to see light?

MATINYANYA - 3 September 2016

@matinyanya the answer is simple. It is natural to mature at different stages

Things Go - 3 September 2016

That will be the 200 votes for Mliswa, upped to about 1000 by war vet families and ZANUPF gets ........?

Dlodlo - 3 September 2016

I'm afraid that, with the entire ZEC under his armpit, the monster created by blind faith in this country will have an easy day rigging the elections or some f*ckery from the demented bandits within it.

Sagitarr - 3 September 2016

It is unfortunate that there are still some who are blinded by the Zanu PF leadership to believe that they are the best and are irreplaceable. Sad indeed.

Icho - 4 September 2016

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