State owned daily newspaper, The Herald, has accused Christopher Mutsvangwa and the executive members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) of being sponsored by officials from the United States government to attack the First Family. The Herald alleges that the war veterans are willing to join a coalition of opposition parties after they were promised funding by the Americans.
To support its claims, The Herald quotes an unnamed source who says:
An American emissary came and talked to opposition parties on the need to form a coalition last weekend. The emmissary made it clear to the opposition parties that without forming a coalition, no funding was coming their way. This prompted a scramble for signatures by MDC-T which saw the American leaving the country with a copy of contrived signatures.
Mujuru and the NPP did not want to be part of it until they had understood the full implications of the involvement of a white hand. In a bid to lure Mujuru MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai had to be seen at the inaugural NPP national convention held in Harare on Wednesday.
We now understand there is some kind of engagement with people like Victor Matemadanda as they want the war veterans component for legitimacy in their bid to remove the President.
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 the organisation was to ensure that the former freedom fighters were well catered for and to facilitate their integration into the society. The formation of the organisation was hinged on the basis that the government was failing to cater for the welfare of the freedom fighters hence there was the need to create a group and or organisation to advance the cause of these people. Despite being registered as non-partisan, the ZNLWVA was alleged to be closely aligned to the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) carrying out ZANU PF’s election campaigns since 2000 when it was led by the now late Chenjerai Hunzvi though it was formed and registered as non-partisan. In 1997, the war veterans were given hefty packages and this came about as a result of the efforts of the ZNLWVA. It was reported that this heralded the beginning of the Zimbabwean economic crisis which was mostly detrimental in 2008. The organisation was also alleged of committing heinous crimes ranging from murder, torture, rape etc. It participated massively during the Third Chimurenga as its members were at the fore front leading the masses to invade farms owned by the minority whites. In 2013, the organisation began to make new demands from the government and this was ignored. Read More
Victor Matemadanda is a Zimbabwe liberation war veteran, politician, member of the ZANU PF party and is currently the Secretary General of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA). Matemadanda is a member Zanu-PF central committee. Read More
Christopher Mutsvangwa, commonly referred to as just Chris Mutsvangwa is a Zimbabwean politician, businessman and member of the ZANU PF party. He is however under suspension from the party for 3 years for gross misconduct and disloyalty a result of apparently fanning factionalism in the party. Mutsvangwa is also former welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees Minister, a position from which he was dismissed in March 2016.
He started his political career during the Second Chimurenga and has also served both government and party in various capacities in independent Zimbabwe. He is the former leader of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, a position he was nominated to in November 2014 after former leader Jabulani Sibanda was ousted as part of the Zanu-PF and kicked out in December 2015. Read More
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