Zim war vets power struggles 'weakening Mnangagwa's power base' - report

2018-11-22 21:01
Emmerson Mnangagwa (File: AFP)

Emmerson Mnangagwa (File: AFP)

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Power struggles within the Zimbabwe National Libertaion War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) are reportedly weakening President Emmerson Mnangagwa's power base, as they played a key role to his political ascendancy last year. 

According to Daily News, tensions within the 1970s freedom fighters were over resources.

An unnamed official within ZNLWVA said that there were donations, which were given to the former combatants towards the removal of ex-president Robert Mugabe last year.

The resources, however, had not reached all the war veterans, hence the infighting.

A NewsDay, report said that the war veterans had in recent weeks also accused their chairperson Christopher Mutsvangwa of undermining the authority of the president Mnangagwa, and causing divisions within their organisation. 

The group's Mashonaland West provincial executive recommended that Mutsvangwa be removed from his post as he had brought the organisation and the ruling Zanu-PF into disrepute.

Mutsvangwa was one of Mnangagwa’s fierce supporters when he fought to succeed Mugabe last year.

He subsequently became Mnangagwa's top adviser. He was, however, left out in Mnangagwa's new cabinet after the July 30 elections. 

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