Jeffrey Muvundusi 11 July 2017
BULAWAYO – Deputy chairperson of a rebel war veterans’ faction, George
Mlala, yesterday claimed that a plot to burn his offices in the central
business district by his opponents was foiled at the weekend.
Mlala, together with his boss Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister
Mandiitawepi Chimene, have been leading calls for War Veterans minister
Tshinga Dube’s expulsion following his recent proclamation that President
Robert Mugabe should name a successor.
The two have also organised provincial demonstrations nationwide against
Dube, with two such events having already been conducted in Bulawayo and
“We heard they wanted to burn my office on Saturday night but the plot
fell through after it was exposed. I understand there were plans to burn
my office,” Mlala said.
This comes after Bulawayo has lately been turned into a war zone with the
ruling party’s offices at Davies Hall becoming the flashpoint of ruling
In May, there were violent clashes during a provincial coordinating
committee in a move that left one of the youth leaders hospitalised.