Secretary general of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA), Victor Matemadanda, has been accused of holding meetings across the country without the consent of the members.
Matemadanda’s critics believe that he is trying to usurp power from the chairperson Christopher Mutsvangwa.
Matemadanda, who is also the deputy minister for Defence and War Veterans Affairs, said:
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I do not need to consult anyone on that because I am the most senior war veterans’ representative in Zanu PF.
Moreover, I am meeting not with ex-combatants but veterans of the liberation struggle and these include war collaborators.
People must able to distinguish the ZNLWVA’s work, Zanu PF work and government work.
In fact, I am not at liberty to respond to such silly allegations by people who are ignorant. I have better things to do.
However, ZNLWVA national executive member Charles Muchena said Matemadanda had not been mandated by the war veterans’ executive to hold such meetings. He said:
What we know is that such meetings are discussed at the national executive level and the chairperson should naturally know but in this case, he is not aware. I don’t think the meetings he is holding have anything to do with us.
When he came to Masvingo he met with Zanu PF structures as well as war veterans but that we thought he was acting in his capacity as deputy minister of Defence as well as politburo member so we did not worry about the nonsense that we are hearing about factionalism since it was not a ZNLWVA indaba which he is not mandated to tell what to do.