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War vets want Mutasa out

Itai Dzamara

WAR Veterans Association chairman Jabulani Sibanda says his association will ensure that Anti-Corruption minister Didymus Mutasa doesn’t retain his seat in Makoni North in the Zanu PF primary el

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Sibanda said in a wide-ranging interview that war veterans were angry over Mutasa’s alleged assault on James Kaunye, a member of their association who wants to challenge him for the constituency. The war veterans have already started “dealing with Mutasa on the ground” and would make sure he loses the seat, Sibanda said.


“We don’t like violence,” said Sibanda. “Didymus Mutasa is not the party. He is just an individual and he can’t go about assaulting our members.

“We are angry over this and are dealing with the issue on the ground. He assaulted our member and we are moving swiftly on the ground to ensure he never wins the election.”


Mutasa last month admitted to having sent his supporters to assault Kaunye at his farm and having paid bail for 31 of them in court. Police and Zanu PF investigations have established Mutasa has a case to answer.


Sibanda, who is reported to be campaigning for Zanu PF secretary for administration, Emmerson Mnangagwa, denied the assertion.


“I have felt insulted by reports that I campaign for Mnangagwa. I have never campaigned for him and he has never approached me,” Sibanda said.


On the succession issue, he said the war veterans association would wait for President Robert Mugabe to move on the contentious issue.


“There are people who are far away from attaining the presidency and are nonentities in the party, the mafikizolos,” he said.


“These people want to use the succession debate to push upwards and position themselves, but they are wasting time.”

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