via War vets duo booted out | The Herald January 21, 2016
Talent Chimutambgi Herald Reporter
The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association has passed a vote of no confidence in two executive members for allegedly plotting to topple the national leadership led by Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa.
Deputy national secretary-general Cde Charles Mpofu and secretary for transport and welfare Cde Michael Mapfumo were fingered in the plot by fellow executive members.
Announcing the decision on Tuesday, ZNLWA national secretary for information and publicity Cde William Matenga said the national executive resolved to suspend the two for allegedly plotting to overthrow Cde Mutsvangwa whom they said wielded too much influence.
“The association unanimously voted that Cde Mpofu and Cde Mapfumo should be demoted to district level and at that level they should not hold any position for the next five years,” said Cde Matenga.
“Cdes Mpofu and Mapfumo are sowing seeds of discontent within the association aimed at ousting a constitutionally elected national chairman.”
Cde Matenga said Cde Mutsvangwa was democratically elected at a congress by the association whose patron is President Mugabe.
In an interview, Cde Mutsvangwa lashed out at Cdes Mpofu and Mapfumo whom he said were being funded by the People First political outfit fronted by ousted Vice President Joice Mujuru to destroy war veterans’ structures.
He said the association had initiated disciplinary processes against the two in terms of their constitution.
“We are the vanguard of the ruling party, we don’t tolerate such nonsense. These people made several attempts to cause discord within the association, but they were caught,” said Cde Mutsvangwa.