Mugove Tafirenyika 27 October 2018
HARARE – Members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans
Association (ZNLWVA) besieged the Zanu PF headquarters yesterday,
demanding the removal of ex-Cabinet ministers assigned to the “Shake-Shake
Building” to run the party’s affairs on a full time basis.
A group of former liberation war fighters, led by ZNLWVA’s Mazowe district
chairperson Efanos Mudzimunyi, descended on the party headquarters around
mid-morning yesterday pushing for the ouster of Zanu PF secretary for
administration Obert Mpofu, finance secretary Patrick Chinamasa, secretary
for health David Parirenyatwa, former Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi
and party administrator Dixon Dzora.
Other officials targeted by the boisterous war veterans include Munyaradzi
Machacha, the leader of the Chitepo Ideological College, who is accused of
staffing the college with elements aligned to the Generation 40 (G40)
faction, annihilated by the military when it ousted Robert Mugabe in
November last year.
The ex-combatants sensationally claimed that the beleaguered party honchos
were undermining President Emmerson Mnangagwa and engaging in corrupt
They made a beeline into the ruling party’s headquarters intending to
confiscate keys to Mpofu and Dzora’s offices, but found them under tight
lock and key.
They later trooped into the party’s conference room to deliberate on their
next course of action.
ZNLWVA spokesperson Douglas Mahiya, who is among the officials assigned to
work full time for the party, was at the Zanu PF headquarters when the
Mudzimunyi told the Daily News yesterday that the war veterans would want
to see listed senior officials relieved of their party duties.
“….there are people on this list who are engaging in corrupt activities
thereby digging a trench that we feel is meant to trap out president hence
we want them out as soon as possible,” he said, adding that Zimbabweans
have had enough of corruption.
“Our people are suffering; there is no fuel, prices of basic goods are
going up every day while these people are here seated and doing nothing.
All they do is (to) plot against the president to advance their agenda.
“They should be reminded that Zanu PF is a big fish that cannibalises
other fish. It is not an individual’s property, it is the people who are
called Zanu PF not the leadership so these people must just go and pave
way for this country to prosper. It is now 38 years of economic
deterioration because of such individuals in the party and we are saying
we are fed up and cannot continue with people sabotaging the president,”
Contacted for comment, Mahiya said he was unaware of what was taking
“I am actually going out to look for fuel and I don’t even know what is
happening,” Mahiya said.
Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo told the Daily News yesterday that
as the mouthpiece of the war veterans, Mahiya should know what his
colleagues were up to.
“If Mahiya does not know then who should know? I am not (the) war
veterans’ spokesperson so it is him who should confirm if they are bona
fide members of the ZNLWVA.
Maybe they are not war veterans after all,” Khaya Moyo said.
The former combatants of the country’s guerrilla war of liberation fought
in the 1970s and ended with independence from Britain in 1980 have
previously issued a petition pleading with Mnangagwa to give named party
officials their marching orders.
In the petition, which was addressed to Zanu PF chairperson Oppah
Muchinguri-Kashiri and signed by war veterans representatives from 10
provinces, the former fighters accused Mpofu and others of sabotaging
Mnangagwa’s efforts to turn around the country’s economic fortunes.
At the height of the factional fights that erupted in Zanu PF over
Mugabe’s succession, ZNLWVA members backed Mnangagwa against the G40
faction which was doing the bidding for former first lady Grace Mugabe to
succeed her 94-year-old husband.
Mugabe had harshly punished the association’s executive through expulsions
from the ruling party and government only for ZNLWVA to emerge even
stronger after the military stepped in mid-November last year through an
operation that vanquished G40 and hoisted Mnangagwa into the top office in
Mnangagwa narrowly avoided a run-off against MDC Alliance leader Nelson
Chamisa in the July 30 polls after registering a 50,6 percent victory.
Chamisa has, however, refused to concede defeat saying the election result
was manipulated in favour of Mnangagwa.
Although the Constitutional Court dismissed Chamisa’s electoral challenge,
the post-poll ructions have muddied the waters for the Zanu PF leader, who
was hoping to gain domestic, regional and international support which is
critical in turning around the country’s fortunes.
The result has been a biting economic meltdown that has now resulted in
finger-pointing among Zanu PF cadres who not so long ago fought on the
same side to depose Mugabe and his G40 backers.