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Mutsvangwa is the legitimate war vets boss, says Tshinga Dube
11/01/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
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WAR veterans Minister Tshinga Dube said his predecessor, Chris Mutsvangwa, and the entire executive of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) remain the legitimate leaders of the former liberation war fighters. 

Dube said as far as they (government) know, Mutsvangwa and his colleagues were dismissed from Zanu PF but have not been dismissed by their constituency which is the War Veterans.

The minister said when the former freedom fighters were not happy with their former leader Jabulani Sibanda they called for a congress where they chose Chris Mutsvangwa to lead them as their new chairman.

“Mutsvangwa was booted out by the people who elected him in Norton, he was sent out of the Politburo by the people who elected him into the Politburo and then of course from the Cabinet by the President Mugabe because he is the one who appointed him,” Dube told journalists at his offices in Harare Wednesday.

“So, he (Chris) will only be kicked out of ZNLWVA by the War Veterans, the people who elected him, so we will continue to recognise him until they have a congress to choose another leader of the War Veterans.”

The Mutsvangwa led executive was expelled from Zanu PF last year after a fall out with the ruling party when they were accused of writing a communique calling on President Robert Mugabe to step down and save the country from collapse.

Other ZNLWVA executive members who were also expelled include his deputy Headman Moyo, secretary for commissariat Francis Nhando, secretary general Victor Matemadanda and spokesperson Douglas Mahiya.

The other four were later arrested and charged with Undermining the Office of the President.

After their expulsion from Zanu PF, an executive led by outspoken Manicaland provincial Minister Mandi Chimhene, Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba, Stephen Moyo, Robert Mukwena, Ester Munyaradzi, George Mlala and Charles Mpofu “took over” the running of ZNLWVA but were interdicted by the High Court to stop interfering with the association.    

Dube further said as a ministry they were happy to work with Mutsvangwa’s executive insisting that it was Zanu PF that threw them out of the party but did not elect them into ZNLWVA positions.

He said, “We have always said that we respect the constitution and every organisation has a constitution.  So, the War Veterans has the constitution and that’s what led them to choose their leadership.



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“Those who choose themselves, we don’t recognise them, you can imagine if I jump out one morning and say I am the president of Zimbabwe.

“It’s not that simple, you have to follow the procedures and the Constitution and then we have such characters who come up one morning and say I am now the chairman you are no more the chairman.

“No we don’t accept that.

“So what we have said is we recognise those who were elected in Masvingo.”

 


 
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