Acting Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said that Zanu-PF agreed that war veterans should hold strategic positions in the party and Government as a means of preventing the power struggles that led to the G40 and Lacoste Factions.
He was speaking at the Manicaland extraordinary provincial central committee (PCC) meeting held in Mutare on Sunday. Said Chinamasa:
We sat as the Central Committee and resolved that as we go forward we should respect the war veterans,. We agreed that they should be in strategic positions of the party and Government, as long as they have requisite qualifications. When the G40 cabal came in, they shoved the war veterans away. As we discussed further, we realised that part of the problems we were facing were there because we didn’t have a political commissar. The one who was there had ambitions to be the president of the country — something he would achieve by dividing the people in the party. I am sure that when we will be selecting a political commissar, we should pick someone who is a war veteran.
Chinamasa said the Central Committee resolved to reinstate the district coordinating committees, which he said were dismissed in 2014 by Didymus Mutasa.