War vets corner ED

HARARE - Veterans of the country’s liberation struggle last Saturday met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and demanded that he fires Zanu PF’s secretary for administration Obert Mpofu who they allege faces a litany of corruption charges.

War veterans’ chairpersons drawn from the country’s 10 provinces petitioned Mnangagwa in this regard, demanding the removal of Mpofu and several Zanu PF top ranking officials.

The move by war veterans to confront Mnangagwa comes as the political future of the former Cabinet ministers who were recently re-assigned to the ruling Zanu PF headquarters is now hanging by the thread amid a flurry of accusations from the influential group.

The visit to Mnangagwa’s offices follows previous efforts to kick out the party heavyweights from the Zanu PF headquarters including a bold move to lock the under siege “chefs” out of their offices.

Last week, the war veterans told the Daily News they would visit Mnangagwa so as to alert him of a sinister plot by the former high-ranking Zanu PF officials to sabotage his reign.

The war veterans accuse the under-fire party bigwigs — who include Mpofu and fellow politburo members David Parirenyatwa, Patrick Chinamasa and Sydney Sekeramayi — of undermining Mnangagwa and of engaging in corrupt activities.

“We met with the president, all the war veterans’ provincial chairpersons attended the meeting including our spokesperson Douglas Mahiya, who was the most senior member.

“We gave the president that petition asking him to relieve people like Mpofu of their duties and he listened to our grievances and promised to look into them,” a war veteran who attended the meeting told the Daily News.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda, who is also deputy minister of Defence confirmed to this publication that his troops met with Mnangagwa.

“Yes, the war veterans met with the president. However, I was not in the meeting and you can get finer details from our spokesperson (Douglas) Mahiya,” said Matemadanda.

Contacted for comment, Mahiya said he was in a meeting and promised to call back.

However, a war veteran who also attended the meeting but spoke on condition of anonymity said the meeting touched on the welfare of the war veterans among other
issues.

“We also spoke about the party’s relationship with war veterans, and those who were not keen on our petition were forced to eat humble pie because the president made it clear that the issue was of importance.

“We were happy with the way the president handled the issue and we believe he will listen to our petition which we believe could save the party from further damage,” the insider told the Daily News.

Mnangagwa re-assigned the heavyweights to the party’s headquarters in a bid to breathe new life in government while also strengthening the former liberation movement’s administration.

The idea was apparently to emulate the Chinese Community Party’s model, which has also been adopted by South Africa’s African National Congress.

But in an unsettling move that has caused panic in the high corridors of power — the war veterans are now demanding that Mnangagwa surrounds himself with new brooms and discard the old guard who they accuse of dabbling in corruption and also plotting the downfall of the Zanu PF leader.

“Consequently, in pursuit of our constitutional mandate as custodians of the Zimbabwean people’s revolution, as patriots, loyal and stockholders of Zanu PF, we demand, as we hereby do, through the copy of this petition, that the ... members relinquish their posts and vacate offices at the Zanu PF headquarters with immediate effect.

“Failure to do so, we — as veterans of the liberation struggle — shall force them out of the offices for the good of the people’s revolution,” the former freedom fighters said in their petition.

Comments (3)

I agree with the war vets, their blood is G40. Sydney Sekeramayi,Obert Mphofu,Simon Khaya Moyo, David Parirenyatwa,Patrick Chinamasa,Chombo, are all still licking Grace Mugabes Pussy and they believe that Mugabe and Grace will comeback to topple ED. Very stupid indeed to think that the word President belongs to Robert and Grace. The truth is I personally hate the whole Mugabe dinasty they can go jump the highest mountain and go to hell. Our country is as is because of them.

Pfeee Mazinyo.Com - 13 November 2018

These selfish Idiots calling themselves 'war veterans' are just disgusting and are to blame for the destruction of this country.Remember they were barking during Mugabe's time and raping,murdering and doing all sorts of heinous things in the name of Mugabe and Zanu PF. They are interested in their own welfare ONLY and not bothered about the generality of the populace. Mnangagwa because he wants to survive and use them, will certainly play ball for his tomorrow. Honestly, i hate the so called war vets for helping in the destruction of the country. Bullshit!!!!

WaMachekera - 13 November 2018

These so called war vets are just a crazy lot.They act as if they are not part of the whole nation.In their warped and cotton picking minds they think they are special than anybody else.Zanu pf hoodwinked them into believing that they are the first people whose welfare should be addressed first.Their filthy brains makes them believe that they are more Zimbabwean than anyone else.They have helped zanu pf to cling on to power through killing and beating up its rivals with impunity.In short they are a bunch of cowards who uses the army and the police and their party to protect them from their barbaric crimes in the name of zanu pf.What a wasted generation!They can be used like condoms only to be tossed away when their services are not needed.Vmawe vakatotora ngozi nekuuraya vanhu vasina mhaka vakatopinza dzinda rose pa ma one.

janana wa Bikaz madhogodhogo - 14 November 2018

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