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Zanu PF Succession Conflict Worries Zimbabwe War Veterans

FILE: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace arrive to address the final rally of his ZANU-PF party in Harare, July 28, 2013.

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association national executive led by Jabulani Sibanda met in the capital Thursday and expressed worry over the current infighting in the Zanu PF party.

The war veterans urged Zanu PF to desist from self-destructive factionalism and stop involving them in divisive issues.

Association spokesperson, James Kaunye, told journalists after the meeting that the Zanu PF leadership must concentrate on duties bestowed upon them by the Zimbabwean masses in the last elections.

Despite reports in the state media that Sibanda had been ousted, Kaunye said Sibanda and his executive would remain in office until next January when their term expires.

They said the so-called war veterans elders like Patrick Nyaruwata and Joseph Chinotimba, who were speaking on behalf of war veterans, were discredited cadres who lost elections in the organization for various reasons such as abuse of organization funds and agricultural equipment that were meant for the former liberation war fighters.