War Veterans Committee To Be Disbanded

The four member committee chaired by former Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) intelligence supreme Dumiso Dabengwa, who is now spearheading the rival ZAPU was set up by Mugabe to “bring back sanity” in the fractious war veterans body.

The other members of the committee are Retired General Solomon Mujuru, the late General Vitalis Zvinavashe and the late Air Marshall Josiah Tungamirai.

According to Zanu (PF) sources who attended last week’s politburo meeting in Harare, ZANU PF politburo members from Bulawayo raised the issue at the meeting.

“During the meeting it was agreed that Dabengwa cannot continue to be the leader of the restructuring committee since he is no longer in ZANU PF.Besides that, two of the members are no longer there.”

Mujuru leads a faction of a Zezuru click in the party which is fighting with that of Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely seen as Mugabe’s blue eyed boy.

“There is a general feeling within the party that war veterans who are a very important organ of our party cannot be left under the leadership of Dabengwa and Mujuru. The two cannot be trusted to restructure the association otherwise they will manipulate the process to their advantage."

Both Mujuru and Dabengwa command a lot of respect among the war veterans.

Among one of the committee’s recommendations is that ZNLWVA should be placed under the supervision of the army, with the association’s national offices housed at the army headquarters in Harare, while provincial offices will be housed in army brigades in their respective provinces.

Under the proposed arrangement, an ordinary war veteran will now be equivalent to an army warrant officer class one and his or her monthly allowances and benefits will match that grade.

When reached for comment Dabengwa professed ignorance over ZANU PF’s bid to disband the committee.

“As far as I know our committee is still intact although we lost two members. It’s almost a year since we submitted our report to Mugabe and we are still waiting to hear from him. We had already recommended names for provincial commanders,’ said Dabengwa.