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Masvingo war vets reject Chinoneka

Clayton Shereni

The stage
is set for a bruising fight within the local chapter of the
National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA), with the
current chairperson, Tendeukai Chinooneka being
accused for gross incompetence, TellZim News has learnt.
developments have paved the way for early elections anytime from now after war
vets said they were no longer satisfied with Chinooneka’s capability to serve.
At a meeting
held at Roger Howman Training Centre last Saturday, the former freedom fighters
made it clear they were fed up by the current chair.
Speaking to this publication after the meeting which was closed from the media, ZNLWVA national
political commissar, Francis Nhando
confirmed the development saying members had overwhelmingly called for an extra-ordinary elective congress.
The current
executive’s term of office only expires next year.
“We were
supposed to hold elections in 2019 but our members have demanded an early
election. They demanded the right to elect a leader of their choice and we are
going to take their issue to the national executive,” said Nhando.
When contacted
for comment after the meeting, Chinooneka, who is a lecturer at Great Zimbabwe
University (GZU), told TellZim News he acknowledged the developments but said
he could not give an exact date when the polls will be held
“It was
just a short meeting and we were deliberating on the issue of the upcoming
provincial elections for the war veterans’ leadership but we are not yet
certain on the date,” said Chinooneka.
TellZim News is reliably
informed that the game is, however, not yet over as Chinooneka is ready to
fight for his post
However, some war
veterans have since started mobilising each other to rally behind Chiredzi-based
war veteran and former soldier, Sapper Faster Gono who is on record for his
outspokenness against corruption in both Zanu PF and government.
Gono recently threatened
to report corrupt Zanu PF bigwigs to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, claiming he
had names of party bigwigs who corruptly awarded sugarcane to themselves, their
family members and friends.
Gono also claims he has
compiled a dossier against corrupt officials who are
masquerading as nationalists in order to strategically grab positions that would
allow them to loot State resources.
Although Gono refused to
confirm his interests in Chinooneka
s job, he said his history of assisting war veterans
was well documented.
I am
not sure if it is the right time to talk about elections but I can tell you
that I qualify to run for any posts. I am the current officer responsible for lands
and I have used this post to document people who are corrupt
I do not hesitate to give you a good example of our MP
(Farai) Musikavanhu who together with his close relatives got countless sugarcane
has 120 hectares, his mother has 60 hectares, his wife
s sister has 60 hectares and his son got 400 hectares
of sugarcane farms. There are however many families that do not have even one
person with a sugarcane farm. Why is it that one family is so lucky to have all
those farms while others do not have even one?
I hate
corruption and will continue to advocate for a fair distribution of wealth in
Masvingo province. War veterans must be respected and they must help government
to come up with sound policies. I can promise you that I will name all corrupt
Zanu PF officials one by one,
said Gono.

TellZim News is the leading news organization in the Southern region. It provides candid, balanced and timely news from the communities. Keeping it real. Committed to tell Zimbabwe.

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