Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda yesterday threatened to release a recording of War Veterans ministry permanent secretary Walter Tapfumaneyi encouraging former combatants in Bulawayo to ditch the Christopher Mutsvangwa-led executive.
Matemadanda said Tafumaneyi was trying to persuade the former freedom fighters to dump Mutsvangwa as the former Norton MP was fired from Zanu PF. Tapfumaneyi and War Veterans minister Tshinga Dube are currently on a nationwide tour meeting the former fighters to, according to the minister, gather information on the welfare needs of the ex-combatants.
The meetings, however, were being conducted in the absence of the Mutsvangwa-led executive, Matemadanda claimed. He claimed the nationwide meetings were aimed at toppling Mutsvangwa. However War Veterans Minister Dube denied that his ministry was being used to topple the ZNLWA executive, saying he respected Mutsvangwa’s leadership.