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War Veterans Vow Zanu PF Support For 2018

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By Staff Reporter

Harare, July 10, 2017 – OUSTED War Veterans minister and current war veterans chair, Christopher Mutsvangwa says the former liberators will campaign for Zanu PF in the 2018 elections.

This is contrary to wide claims the disgruntled section of freedom veterans could seek to torpedo President Robert Mugabe’s continued reign.

Mutsvangwa told State media during the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Manicaland Provincial Conference that Zanu PF’s most militant support base will retain its loyalty to the ruling party.

The former Norton legislator said “focus is to transform the lives of war veterans from welfare state to entrepreneurs who can contribute meaningfully to the country’s economic development”.

Turning to the 2018 harmonised elections, Mutsvangwa said the former freedom fighters are “determined to campaign for the ruling party Zanu PF saying war veterans are conscious about the need to retain political power”.

Mutsvangwa and a vocal section of former freedom fighters fell out with President Mugabe some months ago after the Zimbabwean leader openly sided with a party faction that was led by his wife, Grace.

The former Zimbabwean ambassador to China and like-minded colleagues are rooting for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over from the 93 year-old leader whom they want to relinquish power to give his successor time to endear himself with party structures.

The Mutsvangwa led war veterans are also up in arms with the current government for allegedly abandoning their welfare.

President Mugabe responded by firing the vocal war veterans leader from his ministerial job and subsequently as party legislator for Norton.

Meanwhile, current War Veterans minister Tshinga Dube has said War veterans should "shun being used as mercenaries by some people seeking to advance their own political interests".

Dube said the former freedom fighters must speak with one voice on matters of their welfare and empowerment.

The Manicaland Provincial Conference was attended by former freedom fighters from the eight political districts of Manicaland.

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