Sekeramayi pleads for dialogue between Zanu PF factions

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Sydney Sekeramayi

DEFENCE minister and Zanu PF secretary for war veterans, Sydney Sekeramayi has challenged Zanu PF to engage in dialogue to end increasing factional fights that have left the party on the brink of collapse.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

Sekeramayi made the remarks in Mutare on Saturday.

He was addressing war veterans at an emotionally charged meeting that was also attended by Provincial Affairs minister and leader of a splinter war veterans’ group, Mandi Chimene and permanent secretary in the ministry, Walter Tapfumaneyi.

Sekeramayi said disagreements were bound to happen, but efforts should be made to resolve them before they destroy the party.

“Our enemies have failed to destroy us, but if we want to destroy our party, what will our enemy say?” Sekeramayi asked.

“Let us (Zanu PF) sit down and resolve our differences. In Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya, people are fighting each other, let us avoid going there,” he said.

Sekeramayi’s remarks come at a time war veterans have been divided along Zanu PF factional lines, as Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Team Lacoste faction battle with G40, another Zanu PF faction in the succession race.

The Christopher Mutsvangwa-led war veterans, who are aligned to Mnangagwa and have increasing attacked Mugabe for backing G40, at the weekend threatened to sever ties with the veteran leader.

But the minister said: “And someone who disrespects our President will be doing it in his own capacity; he will not be representing war veterans.”

Sekeramayi said the freedom fighters should be involved in building the economy through participation in various projects such as mining, agriculture, among others.

Speaking at the same meeting, Tapfumaneyi said his ministry would not assist war veterans opposed to Zanu PF.

“We look after every war veteran, but if you turn against us, we might drag our feet in helping you. You will be the last and we will start to help those we are in agreement with, but however, you are entitled to my care,’’ he said.

Tapfumaneyi said the War Veterans ministry, formed in 2014, was experiencing challenges because it was still in its infancy.

10 COMMENTS

  1. The Sentiments By Cde Tapfumaneyi must be Condemn with all costs and he himself must apologies to other War Veterans, We are not for Zanu Pf and we are for Zimbabwe, it is Zimbabwe that we fought, for all the Zimbabweans who are paying Taxes that you are abusing daily, for the same resources that you are plundering that we demand equal shares, We used to believe the effects of sanctions till we learnt that the suffering of Zimbabweans is not by this effect but by the misrule by Zanu Pf and Mugabe, how can $15bln disappear before his watch, Stop Blaming Tsvangirai for your Failures,all the Corruption that is being reported every day and you are pointing to Sanctions

  2. Does Tapfumaneyi know that the government is there to serve everybody and not people who support a certain party?

    The War veterans ministry is for all war veterans just like the ministry of transport is meant to serve the nation when it comes to transport issues.

    I don’t understand how someone ignorant such basic facts can be employed as a senior civil servant and draw his salary from taxes paid people who support other parties and also his preferred party.

  3. ASK BOB KUTI AITE RESOLVE THE SUCCESSION ISSUE ….WITHOUT THAT ,,,,YOUR WORDS ARE SIMPLY NONSENSE CDE MINISTER……….THUS……..MUGABE IS THE SOLE CREATOR OF FACTIONALIZM

  4. The war veterans are very selfish.They think they are a special group of our liberation struggle.Can you imagine them calling other freedom fighters chimbwidos; mujibas etc. What does this imply? Ivo chete ndivo vari supreme. How about the rest of us who are silent but were involved from the beginning? Hakuna munhu asiri liberator.

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