The ruling ZANU PF has said War collaborators are a key constituency of the party and must not be sidelined from contesting for positions in the party structures.
This was said by the ruling party’s Secretary for Information and chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa in Chinhoyi during a Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting to give guidelines for the impending provincial War Veterans League elections.
The Sunday Mail quotes him as saying:
During the 1960s congresses, we set up party structures that did not incorporate the military wing. This, however, did not mean war veterans were not important and relevant.
As such this does not mean, war collaborators, who are not part and parcel of the League as it is solely for war veterans, are not important. They will be part of the system through an affiliate and, through election into the main and women’s league structures.
Mutsvangwa added that some provinces had proper war veterans structures but Mashonaland West and Midlands, there have had several defections with other members showing their allegiance to the opposition parties.