Zim war vets want Moyo, Kasukuwere out of Zanu-PF

2016-02-08 14:32
Professor Jonathan Moyo. (AFP, File

Professor Jonathan Moyo. (AFP, File

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Harare - Zimbabwe's war veterans have called for the expulsion of national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Minister of High Education Jonathan Moyo from the ruling Zanu-PF, as factional wars within the party intensify.

According to the state-controlled Herald newspaper, the war veterans made the call after Kasukuwere vowed to thwart their plan to bar Moyo from attending a politburo meeting on Wednesday.

A statement released by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), alleged that both Kasukuwere and Moyo were fanning factionalism within the ruling party. The veterans said they wanted both to be expelled.

ZNLWVA secretary general Victor Matemadanda said that the war veterans would not be intimidated by Kasukuwere's "thugs", adding that the former liberation fighters planned to petition President Robert Mugabe to rein the two members in for attempting to divide Zanu-PF.

Barrage of threats

Moyo has attracted a barrage of threats from war veterans in recent times, following his response to an attack by presidential spokesperson, George Charamba, last month.

According to a previous News24 report, Charamba warned party members that Mugabe would soon deal with those engaging in succession battles within the ruling party.

Charamba's utterances were believed to have been indirectly aimed at Moyo, who is believed to be the leader of a Zanu-PF faction known as Generation 40 (G40).

The G40 is opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and is allegedly pushing for Grace Mugabe to succeed her husband.

Moyo, however, hit back at Charamba, criticising the presidential spokesperson's claim that he spoke on Mugabe's behalf, reported New Zimbabwe

War veterans weighed in on Charamba's side, lambasting Moyo for questioning the presidency and vowing to bar him from the next politburo meeting.

Moyo has since said that he is not scared of the retired fighters, saying that he can only be stopped by the president of the country.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  grace mugabe  |  jonathan moyo  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  robert mugabe  |  saviour kasukuwere  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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