War veterans warn anti-First Lady politicians
from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Masvingo, Zimbabwe
MASVINGO – ZIMBABWE’S former freedom fighters aligned to the country’s influential First Lady Grace Mugabe, have called on colleagues seeking her husband ouster to abandon such a stance or lose ministerial jobs.
This follows a meeting in the country’s oldest city of Masvingo over the past weekend when a caretaker war veterans leader was chosen to replace Jabulani Sibanda, who defiantly supported Deputy President, Joice Mujuru’s bid to become the country’s next president.
Mujuru is a rival to First Lady, Grace Mugabe, who has openly called for Mujuru’s resignation from her post as deputy to Robert Mugabe.
Several senior officials from the ZANU (PF) party have been caught in the middle of the factionalism in the party, with those aligned to Mujuru
Among those that the liberation war veterans are targeting include former Masvingo provincial chairman, Dzikamai Mavhaire, who is now the Minister of Energy in Mugabe’s cabinet.
Mavhaire was the first stalwart from the party’s politburo to call for Mugabe to resign.
The call in 1998 resulted in Mavhaire’s expulsion from the party.
He was later reinstated.
Mugabe, whose wife has expressed interest in running for the presidency some day, has been in power since independence from Britain 34 years ago.
Grace, a former typist at the President’s Office, is viewed as unpopular among the majority of Zimbabweans for her lavish spending in a country
riven by poverty.
She has also come under criticism for her affair with Mugabe while Sally, his Ghanaian-born wife, was still alive.
The President and Grace married in 2007, five year’s after Sally’s death.
– CAJ News
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