Mpofu backs under fire Mahiya
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
ZANU PF secretary for administration Obert Mpofu has backed ruling party secretary for war veterans Douglas Mahiya for launching the war veterans’ league.
This comes after Zanu PF political commissar Victor Matemadanda slammed Mahiya for organising a party meeting without the knowledge of the commissariat department.
In a video on the Zanu PF Facebook page, Mpofu said Mahiya was right in forming the war veterans’ league.
“I also want to acknowledge the strides taken by the secretary of war veterans wing Cde Mahiya in conjunction with the Mashonaland Central politburo members, central committee members and honourable ministers from that province for the restructuring of the war veterans committee at the historic Atlanta Farm in Muzarabani of which (Richard) Chirongwe was appointed as the interim chairperson.”
This comes after Mahiya last weekend organised a meeting in Mashonaland Central where he launched the war veteran’s league.
However, Matemadanda and other war veterans opposed Mahiya’s move.
Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) provincial chairpersons from the country’s 10 provinces also savaged Mahiya saying he formed the league without consulting them.
“We are extremely surprised to note that Mahiya decides to rush to launch the league even before the party constitution has been amended to accommodate that. From the start, decisions on the establishment of the league were done without consulting veterans of the liberation struggle. The league formation was just rushed through the politburo, central committee and (2019 Zanu PF) conference (in Goromonzi) without consulting stakeholders,” the statement read.
The war veterans demanded the party to reverse the appointments which were made during the meeting.
“The party procedures are such that such occasions are handled by the commissariat department. The absence of the commissariat department on such a crucial occasion raises a lot of questions.”
The war veterans have been an integral part of the ruling party and have been instrumental in waging a brutal campaign against the opposition over the years.
While it was the Zimbabwe Defence Forces which orchestrated Mnangagwa’s rise to power through a coup in November 2017, it was the war veterans — through the ZNLWVA — who did the groundwork under the leadership of the now under-fire Chris Mutsvangwa.