by Wisdom Mumera
The Norton branch of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) in Mashonaland West has expressed dismay at the return of their National Chairman Chris Mutsvangwa to represent their party.
Mutsvangwa initially lost to Laston Mutendereki during the ZANU-PF primary elections but filed a complaint citing gross electoral violations leading to the call for a re-run by the party’s Commissariat.
However , Mr Mutendereki suspiciously opted to drop out of the race leaving Mutsvangwa to be the party candidate in the constituency.
The War veterans, who have a tiff with Mutsvangwa over his supposed self-centered character and reckless disregard for their welfare, have however expressed dismay at the turn of events with some opting to support the candidature of independent Temba Mliswa who addressed them last Friday.
“We still have a case with Mutsvangwa and are waiting for findings from the complaints we registered to His Excellency President Mnnangagwa to find out how we progress now.”
“When we met ED at City Sports Center we stood up and expressed our support for him but if you noticed when asked about voting for ZANU-PF heads went down. Why so, because they are woodstumps (zvigutsa) such as Mutsvangwa that are hindering progress,”said one member of the Norton branch.
For fear of victimization the members refused to be named.
Another War veteran voiced displeasure at the way they are being handled in the party and said their new motivation when voting will be centered on the candidate who will address their concerns such as Mliswa.
“Cde Mliswa has shown, time and again, a willingness to assist us as war veterans and we bear that in mind as we go to the ballots.
“Events in the party are showing that we are not loved. It’s very hard for us today to get into the party structures as they have become filled up with G40 personnel and other elements who don’t want us,” he added.
Mutsvangwa has of late fallen out of favour in the party structures and was conspicuously omitted from the program at the meeting between war veterans and President Mnangagwa last Sunday with Secretary General Victor Matemadanda leading.
A veteran of the liberation war, Mutsvangwa on Sunday visited ZAOGA leader Dr Eunor Guti in Norton with his wife and Manicaland Provincial Minister Monica where they had an hour long meeting at the church offices.
by Wisdom Mumera