A GROUP calling itself Children of Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (CZNLWVA) has called for the resignation of Zanu PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere and other politburo members accused of fronting a ruling party faction known as Generation 40.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
Addressing journalists at the War Veterans ministry’s offices yesterday, CZNLWVA said it was no longer acceptable for Kasukuwere to continue as the party’s commissar unless he apologised for making disparaging remarks against war vets.
Kasukuwere, the Local Government minister, is accused of describing war vets as taxi drivers and drunkards.
CZNLWVA chairperson, Innocent Mhlanga said Kasukuwere’s alleged remarks were a direct attack on President Robert Mugabe, as the patron of the ex-fighters.
“It is no wonder that the sixth Zanu PF people’s congress of 2014 resolved that the PC [political commissar] position should be given to a person with liberation war credentials, a war veteran, who understands the ideological principles of the party and intricacies of building and interfacing with party structures,” Mhlanga said.
The association also accused G40 of engineering the “unfair” dismissals of former Zanu PF Harare chairperson Godwills Masimirembwa, Ziyambi Ziyambi of Mashonaland West, youth leader, Godfery Tsenengamu of Mashonaland Central and attempts to fire Mashonaland East chairman Joel Biggie Matiza and Manicaland’s women’s league boss, Happiness Nyakuedzwa.
The group also said Youth and Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao should be monitored on how he handles the newly-launched $10 million youth fund.
It also touched on Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo, saying he should address pressing issues facing students at tertiary institutions instead of using social media to insult other party leaders.
Last week, another Zanu PF-linked group, Zimbabwe Youth Action Platform (ZYAP), threatened to manhandle Kasukuwere, Zhuwao and Moyo if they ever set foot at the National Heroes’ Acre.
The so-called G40 is reportedly locked in a succession fight with Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Contacted for comment last night, Kasukuwere, who has repeatedly denied the existence of G40, said he was in China on government business.
Moyo and Zhuwao could not be reached for comment.