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Zimbabwe War Vets Expel Ministers for Undermining Mugabe

  • Gibbs Dube

War Veterans Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa.

War Veterans Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa.

War veterans Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa and his wife, Monica, have been expelled from the War Veterans Association following accusations that they are undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe.

In a statement, the war veterans said they have also suspended two war veterans leaders Headman Moyo and secretary general Victor Matemadanda.

The war veterans noted that they were disowning Mutsvangwa due to his “wayward and functionally sabotage leadership as a result of recent utterances” mismanagement and undermining the authority of the president.

Mutsvangwa was recently caught up in a war of words with Education Minister Jonathan Moyo, who pinned the war veteran on allegations that he was a front for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The vice president, who allegedly leads a Zanu PF faction calling itself Lacoste, is believed to be harboring presidential ambitions. He has already dismissed these claims saying he is loyal to the president.

Moyo and Matemadanda are accused of supporting failing to abide by some war veterans regulations in conducting business of the association such as elections and related issues.

Matemadanda told Studio 7 he is not going anywhere. There was no comment from Mutsvangwas, who were said to be busy attending some meetings.

Another Zanu PF faction calling itself Generation 40, which is fronting First Lady Grace Mugabe as a likely successor of the president, appears to have a strong backing of Mr. Mugabe.

Zanu PF has been unstable since last year when it expelled several members, including former Vice President Joice Mujuru, who allegedly wanted to topple President Mugabe.

They have dismissed these allegations as baseless.

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