Following Zanu PF‘s defeat in the Norton by-elections, the party’s national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere and the Christopher Mutsvangwa-led Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association have exchanged words.
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Mutsvangwa and his group must shut up. He lost Norton in 2008 because of his vengeful policies, including covering up boreholes we had sunk for the people. He must just shut up. We slipped in Norton and, as always, the party will do a post-mortem to see where we went wrong. We take decisions together, we did our best and we now look to the future to reclaim that seat. This is only one seat we lost out of 30 by-elections we won. That, by any measure, cannot be called failure.
Mutsvangwa hit back saying,
I went on to a redeeming win in 2013 and the people embraced me. He used party skulduggery to rob the people of their constitutional choice. They paid him back with a thorough drubbing of his G40-imposed candidate last Sunday. He must be reminded that I deftly avoided being in the election and the loss is his alone.
In April this year, following a meeting with President Robert Mugabe, war veterans demanded that Kasukuwere be relieved of his duties as the party’s chief organiser.