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War vets cancel Mutare congress as succession battle hots up

Itai Dzamara

THE War Veterans Association has again postponed its annual congress scheduled for this weekend in Mutare as the succession battle in Zanu PF enters the home stretch.



ONT face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The war veterans play a major role in the power games in the ruling party and are already engaged in manoeuvres to find President Robert Mugabe’s successor.


The association’s secretary-general Endy Mhlanga confirmed on Wednesday that the congress had been postponed and would only be held after the Zanu PF national conference, set for next weekend in Masvingo.

“Indeed the congress has been postponed again,” said Mhlanga.


“It will only be held after the Zanu PF national conference. There are a number of reasons for the postponement,” he said.


“One of the reasons is that most war veterans are involved in Zanu PF structures and will play a major role at the national conference. There was therefore a lot of pressure on them organising the congress and the party conference at the same time.”


Mhlanga admitted that the succession debate had a role in the postponement of the war veterans’ congress.


“It is true that the issue of succession has been very dominant within the war veterans’ body and should have been discussed at the congress.

“We articulate the people’s will and have a major role to play in ensuring that the succession issue is handled properly. We obviously need to avoid having the issue divide and antagonise the party, which has been the case so far,” said Mhlanga.


Association chairman Patrick Nyaruwata promised a fortnight ago that there would be “miracles” over the succession issue from the war veterans, claiming they had a major role to contribute towards the outcome.


The Zanu PF national conference is expected to tackle the succession issue, with reports that Mugabe has recently indicated to the politburo that he needs to retire from active politics early next year.

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