War vets in dock over kidnap

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On Mar 17, 2019 28,977 0 By Precious Maphosa Four members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association in Bulawayo have appeared in court facing charges of unlawful detention of a member of the Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions over an eviction notice. File picture of Zanu-PF party supporters queuing to cast their votes at the party Davies Hall polling station in Bulawayo Eden Kwete (62), Khulekani Ncube (56), Timothy Muzungu (58), Willard Zimbume (60) last week appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Mr Joseph Mabeza facing charges of contravening section…

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Gukurahundi haunts ED . . . minister says Mugabe is the culprit

Gukurahundi haunts ED . . . minister says Mugabe is the culprit 2

By Fungi Kwaramba More than 22 years after the Gukurahundi massacres ended, that sad episode in Zimbabwe’s history continues to rear its ugly head with the deputy minister of Defence, Victor Matemadanda this week rushing to defend President Emmerson Mnangagwa — seen as the chief architect of the atrocities. Then Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe flanked by his then deputy Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa Matemadanda, who is also the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) claimed last week that the buck should stop with Robert Mugabe who,…

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Confusion over war vets congress

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By Blessings Mashaya Internal strife within the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) is escalating with confusion surfacing on when the congress to choose the new leadership will be held. Douglas Mahiya, Christopher Mutsvangwa (centre) and Victor Matemadanda (right) during a press conference in Harare. (Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images) The Christopher Mutsvangwa-led executive was elected in November 2014, taking over from Jabulani Sibanda, who was kicked out in the run-up to the Zanu PF congress of the same year.. The current executive’s term is set to end this year…

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Matemadanda speaks on Mutsvangwa tiff

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Last updated Jan 1, 2019 45,499 0 By Blessings Mashaya Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda said there is no tiff between him and his chairperson Christopher Mutsvangwa. Douglas Mahiya, Christopher Mutsvangwa (centre) and Victor Matemadanda (right) during a press conference in Harare. (Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images) Matemadanda told Daily News that the much talked tiff between himself and Mutsvangwa doesn’t exist. “…We are not fighting with Mutsvangwa, those are fabricated stories, and we are not at loggerheads with Mutsvangwa. I am seeing this in the media.”…

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War vets demand $13,5bn

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By Blessings Mashaya As part of the resolutions passed at the just-ended Zanu PF conference in Esigodini last week, it was agreed that members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) be rewarded in cash or kind for the instrumental role they played in ending colonial rule. Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary general Victor Matemadanda It was therefore resolved that those who are still to benefit from the haphazard land reforms of the early 2000s be given access to land, among other featherbeddings. “All war veterans who…

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Mnangagwa power base weakened

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By Fungi Kwaramba The ugly fights emerging within the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) are weakening President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s power base since ex-combatants played a key role in his ascendance to the throne. President Emmerson Mnangagwa While it was the Zimbabwe Defence Forces which orchestrated Mnangagwa’s rise to power through a soft coup in November last year, it was the war veterans — through ZNLWVA — who did the groundwork under the leadership of the now under-fire Chris Mutsvangwa. The former liberation war fighters have, however, been exchanging harsh…

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War vets corner Mnangagwa

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By Fungi Kwaramba Veterans of the country’s liberation struggle last Saturday met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and demanded that he fires Zanu PF’s secretary for administration Obert Mpofu who they allege faces a litany of corruption charges. Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary general Victor Matemadanda War veterans’ chairpersons drawn from the country’s 10 provinces petitioned Mnangagwa in this regard, demanding the removal of Mpofu and several Zanu PF top ranking officials. The move by war veterans to confront Mnangagwa comes as the political future of the former Cabinet…

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