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Zim war vets to meet after attack by riot police

2016-03-01 13:03
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Harare - Zimbabwean war veterans are set to meet again after their initial gathering a few weeks ago failed after they were tear-gassed and beaten up by riot police, reports New Zimbabwe.

According to the report, the war veterans had obtained the necessary police permission to meet on Thursday at the Harare sports centre.

Confirming the March 3 meeting, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association Secretary General Victor Matemadanda said they have obtained police clearance for the gathering.

"Police were notified and we have their permission in writing. The meeting that failed to take place on 18 February is now going to be held on 3 March at the Harare city sports centre...," Matemadanda was quoted as saying.

The war veterans are reportedly set to discuss factional wars that have gripped the ruling party.

This comes after the former freedom fighters were brutally attacked by riot police less than two weeks ago, after attempting to gather at the same venue.

Reports indicated that the brutal attacks on the war veterans were sparked by the factional wars within the ruling Zanu-PF party, as they were believed to be backing Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over from President Robert Mugabe when he finally leaves office.

Soon after the police attack, the former freedom fighters reportedly came out guns blazing, blaming their misfortune on Mugabe's wife Grace, who had previously lambasted them for allegedly supporting Mnangagwa.

Grace is reportedly backed by a group of young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40) who are said to be gunning to get rid of Mnangagwa.


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