15 October 2018

Zimbabwe: War Vets Bay for Mpofu, Chinamasa and Sekeramayi's Heads

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From left, former ministers Obert Mpofu, Patrick Chinamasa and Sydney Sekeramayi.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's Zanu PF party is heading for turbulent waters again, it has emerged. Less than a year after the former liberation movement was plunged into chaos following the dramatic military assisted removal of then leader Robert Mugabe who had been at the helm for 41 years, war veterans are once again beating the drums demanding a massive shakeup.

In a statement signed by 10 provincial chairpersons and copied to Mnangagwa last Friday, the former fighters want former Cabinet ministers Obert Mpofu, Patrick Chinamasa, Sidney Sekeramayi and David Parirenyatwa relieved of their duties.

"Obert Mpofu needs to clear corruption allegations levelled against him," said the war veterans demanded.

Mpofu now serves as party secretary for administration, running Zanu PF from its headquarters in Harare as a permanent employee in a new arrangement set up by Mnangagwa.

Chinamasa (secretary for finance), Sekeramayi, Parirenyatwa (health) and Zanu PF politburo administrator Dickson Dzora should also be axed for "unrepentant behaviour towards the new dispensation.

"These elements are known for factionalism and cannot be entrusted with such a responsibility (to run the party)."

Mugabe has since revealed that Sekeramayi was his choice for successor before the November 2017 military coup which allowed Mnangagwa to return from exile to assume power.

The war veterans argue that most of these senior leaders have links to Mugabe's vanquished G40 faction which they claim still controls the party.

"We the war veterans chairpersons from the 10 provinces have noted with concern the continuous counter revolutionary manoeuvres destroying our party Zanu PF ever since the Gamatox and G40 operations," said the former fighters.

"Most of the party challenges continue to emanate from our party Zanu PF headquarters and our masses have had to pay the price.

"Our President's vision of a new corruption free dispensation, sanity and economic turnaround cannot be realised as long as counterrevolutionaries are operational within the party system.

"More critically no restructuring is possible with G40 in charge at headquarters."

In 2014 then vice president Joice Mujuru and her acolytes in the so-called Gamatox faction were purged in brutal fashion, leaving Mnangagwa's Team Lacoste locked in a bitter power tussle with Mugabe's G40.

The latter boasted then First Lady Grace among its members before the November put paid to her ambitions to take over from her husband.

The war veterans warned those behind the current economic chaos such as street money traders, party provincial leaders that they would not be tolerated.

They also called on the judiciary to help Mnangagwa in his declared fight against corruption.

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