Outspoken Mnangagwarite Christopher Mutsvangwa has taken over expelled Jabulani Sibanda’s job. Mutsvangwa is now the elected new War Veterans Chairman following a speedily conducted congress of the vets in Masvingo today, Saturday.
Mutsvangwa was nominated today at the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) congress underway at a hotel in Masvingo.
Also nominated un-opposed is Robert Ncube, who is the incoming national treasurer.
Eight other posts are up for grabs and these are:
Speaking at the congress, local traditional leader, Chief Mugabe said this is a good development.
Another war veterans’ member, Brigadier General Engelbert Rugeje said for the past 11 years war veterans have been short-changed by the Jabulani Sibanda administration as they have not held a congress.
He commended their patron, President Robert Mugabe who gave a directive for the holding of the congress which is underway.
CHRIS Mutsvangwa recently stunned the country by exposing as an elaborate hoax Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s never-independently-verified war legend which claims she – in her brave lonesome – shot down a Rhodesian helicopter with a machine gun.
Now the junior foreign minister has been nominated to take over as war veterans boss, replacing Jabulani Sibanda who was expelled from Zanu PF last week.
Sibanda was kicked out for allegedly working with Mujuru to topple Mugabe.
He had also vowed to oppose what he described as the president’s bedroom coup amid speculation the veteran and ageing leader was preparing the ground for his wife, Grace, to succeed him.
Mutsvangwa’s nomination was confirmed at the war veterans’ congress underway in Masvingo – the first such gathering in eleven years.
According to state radio, the congress was ordered by Mugabe following Sibanda’s expulsion from Zanu PF.
The shamed Sibanda has since said he would now turn his attention to farming.
Mutsvangwa has been one of the leading public voices in the savage Zanu PF campaign against Mujuru, which has seen her accused of corruption, incompetence and plotting to unseat Mugabe.
At a pre-budget seminar held in Victoria Falls last week, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said a ban on poultry imports aimed at protecting local industry had been reversed to allow a top official to import chicken from Brazil.
“In my mid-term statement I banned the importation of chickens and so on. The very ministry which asked us to ban went ahead and issued the permit to undermine that very policy,” said Chinamasa.
“Only Parliament can expose that, not just exposing to say the ministry but we want to know who did it and for what reason.”
The beneficiary of the reversal of the ban, Mutsvangwa revealed, was the beleaguered vice-president.
“There was a bigger political motive,” he added.
“If you bring smuggled poultry and pig products from outside our borders at prices that are well below the local farmer, it means you are ruining the commercial farmer.
“That’s exactly what happened. You have effectively sabotaged the land reform programme because no Zimbabwean farmer can be viable.”
“It was the most effective way of saying the land reform programme has failed and thereby justifying the return of whites.”