Suspended Byo war vet leader assaulted

Pindai Dube


SUSPENDED Bulawayo war veterans’ association executive chairman, Themba Ncube, was on Tuesday assaulted by people believed to be aligned to Dumiso Dabengwa as the battle for control of the Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association (ZLWVA) took a nasty

turn this week.

Dabengwa, a Zanu-PF politburo member in Matabeleland, is one of three senior liberation war fighters tasked by President Mugabe to restructure the association, a move viewed as meant to dilute the association’s growing belligerence on the succession issue.

The others are retired army general Solomon Mujuru and retired army commander, Vitalis Zvinavashe.

Narrating the incident to the Zimbabwe Independent, Ncube said three men whom he identified as retired colonel and former Zipra logistics officer, Thomas Ngwenya, David Mbizo and Khulekani Ncube, who are also members of ZLWVA, stormed his office in the city centre and demanded the association’s date stamp before assaulting him.

He said when he refused to hand over the date stamp the three assaulted him with clenched fists and kicked him all over his body.

“They kept telling me that a meeting was held by the Zipra high command that decided the war veterans date stamp be taken away from me. After they failed to convince me they assaulted me,” he said.

Ncube said war veterans in Bulawayo should realise that ZLWVA includes both former Zanla and Zipra members and should not be fooled by elements who believe that the association is solely for Zipra members.

He said he reported the matter at Bulawayo Central police station and a docket was opened under case number CR8318/06.

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