The internal power struggles between ZANU PF and war veterans were exposed during Independence Day celebrations in Bindura according to a report.
The Mashonaland Central provincial war veterans chairperson, Sam Parirenyatwa was blocked from taking a seat at the high table by security details.
The bad blood between the two camps was worsened a couple of weeks ago when the party’s national commissar, Engelbert Rugeje, who is also a war veteran issued a circular directing that the war veterans occupy commissariat positions throughout the party structures.
At one point the restive ex-combatants threatened to picket against top Zanu PF officials that include Obert Mpofu, Patrick Chinamasa and David Parirenyatwa working full time at the party’s headquarters.
An official who spoke to Newsday on condition of anonymity had this to say:
As proceedings were kicking off, someone announced that a certain vehicle had its lights on and the driver was supposed to attend to the problem immediately. The vehicle belonged to Parirenyatwa, who was already at the high table.
He went on to attend to the vehicle, but when he returned he was stopped from getting on to the high-table by suspected Central Intelligence Organisation operatives. He tried to reason but was told he was unfit to be among the provincial leaders.
This didn’t go down well with him and other war veterans. They confronted the operatives who clearly disclosed that they were acting on orders from their bosses who were working with the Zanu PF provincial executive.
An altercation ensued in full glare of those who were close and in no time, some of the war veterans started shouting that they were not going to take the matter lightly. Although people didn’t expect it, they left the celebrations, leaving those at the high table hugely embarrassed.
David Parirenyatwa is a medical practioner and the former Minister of Health and Child Care. He is a politician affiliated to the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) party. InSeptember of 2018 Parirenyatwa was arrested over allegations of criminal abuse of office but was... Read More About David Parirenyatwa
Engelbert Rugeje is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the Zanu-PF party.He is also the current Secretary for Commissariat for Zanu-PF after being appointed in December 2017.He is also the former chief of staff for the Zimbabwe National Army. Read More About Engelbert Rugeje
Mashonaland Central Province is one of Zimbabwe's ten provinces. It covers the northern mainland of the country and it stretches into to the Zambezi valley and the Mozambican border in the north east. It is dominated by the Shona speaking locals. The capital of the... Read More About Mashonaland Central