War Veterans regain influence in Zanu-PF

War Veterans regain influence in Zanu-PF
Published: 16 April 2019 (46 Views)
Zanu-PF has ordered its structures countrywide to incorporate war veterans into influential positions as part of implementing resolutions of its 2017 extra-ordinary congress which confirmed President Emmerson Mnangagwa's leadership following the coup which swept away ex leader Robert Mugabe.

The country's former combatants of the 1970s Rhodesian bush war of liberation have been the backbone of Zanu-PF and for decades played crucial roles in keeping Mugabe in power, especially after the emergence of the MDC in 1999.

The ruling Zanu-PF party wants war veterans, seen as key allies of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, to hold key positions as part of its restructuring exercise in a move observers say is akin to militarising the revolutionary party. Most of the provincial positions come with cars and various other benefits.

In a circular dated April 10, 2019, party commissar Lieutenant General Englebert Rugeje told provincial chairpersons that certain positions from cell to province were now reserved for war veterans.

- Daily News

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