MANICALAND Provincial Affairs minister Mandiitawepi Chimeme yesterday defied a High Court order barring her from masquerading as leader of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association and told journalists in Mutare she does not recognise the court ruling.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
High Court judge Justice Happias Zhou on Sunday ruled in favour of embattled War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa and ordered Chimene to stop issuing Press statements purporting to be representing the association.
“The High Court ruling on the war veterans matter refers: I am a war veteran, not a purported war veteran. Since our time in the liberation struggle, we never used to go to court. Our President Robert Mugabe has spoken about the situation and we stand guided by the President’s word,’’ she said.
“Those who go to court to defend themselves have different interests from those of war veterans and we are beginning to wonder what they are benefiting from the post. I will not be barred from working with the war veterans by a court order because there was no court during the liberation struggle to solve our problems.
What I know is, comrades do not solve their matters in court.’’
Chimene claimed that their vote of no confidence in Mutsvangwa’s administration passed on February 12 still stands and she remains interim chairman of the war veterans’ association.
“I follow court proceedings and have my own lawyers, but in this case I will not waste my money. I am not insane, I will continue to serve war veterans because in this case they want me to serve them. If they call from Bulawayo, Gweru, I will serve them,’’ she said, before claiming there had been attempts to assassinate her children.
“And I want to tell you they are after my children, whoever they are. Last week, my daughter’s car was ripped into pieces in Yeovil. They failed to get her and
focused on the car, and recently I transferred my young daughter from Chitakatira because they were always waylaying her and now they are after her sister,’’ she claimed.