The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (Znlwva ) has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to appoint their members when he picks his new cabinet, saying that war veterans have the right political ideology. Speaking to the Daily News, Znlwva spokesperson Douglas Mahiya said,
Being an effective minister does not only call for academic and technocratic input, but political ideology of the party in line with the principles of the revolution.
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The pattern of doing things is more important than academic input. Zanu and Zapu were governments in exile during the war and we borrowed principles of governance and later developed our own and it is those principles that (former president Robert) Mugabe failed to make use of and hence lost connection with the people.
The interaction of the combatants and the people during the war makes them ideal candidates for positions of ministers because they know what the people want so we hope the new cabinet will take war veterans into perspective.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to name his cabinet after members of parliament and senators are sworn in on Wednesday. At the moment, only the vice presidents have been sworn in.
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Douglas Mahiya is a Zimbabwean politician and a member of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association. Mahiya is also a member of the Zanu-PF party. Read More About Douglas Mahiya
The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) was formed in 1990, led by former ex-combatants to advance the cause of the former freedom fighters who had participated in the Second Chimurenga which brought forth the independence of Zimbabwe in 1980. The main thrust of... Read More About Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association