Founding president of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Morgan Tsvangirai, met with some war veterans at the weekend in an attempt to address social, economic and political problems affecting Zimbabwe.
According to NewsDay, the war veterans who attended the meeting were led by secretary general Victor Matemadanda of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association.
He was not available for comment.
Matematanda was recently arrested for allegedly taking part in a meeting, which released a biting communique that linked the country’s unending problems to 92 year-old President Robert Mugabe.
The war veterans noted that they won’t back Mr. Mugabe in the 2018 general election saying he is no longer representing the interest of local people and former freedom fighters.
Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, told Studio 7 that the meeting was designed to find a solution to problems bedeviling Zimbabwe.
He said this was an indication that Zimbabweans want to pull in the same direction in an attempt to address all issues facing the nation.
Matemadanda and several war veterans’ leaders including former War Veterans Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa, were recently expelled from Zanu PF on allegations of undermining the authority of the president, the ruling party and government.
The war veterans have been linked to a Zanu PF faction allegedly led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa leading a group known as Lacoste.
The other faction, Generation 40, is allegedly led by First Lady Grace Mugabe, who like Mnangagwa, is said to be harboring presidential ambitions.
The two have dismissed as misguided allegations that they want to succeed President Mugabe.