Chipanga bans ‘rogue’ war vets from Bob rally

By Staff Reporter

ZANU PF secretary for youths affairs, Kudzanai Chipanga (pictured) has banned ‘rogue’ war veterans from attending President Robert Mugabe’s youth interface rally set for Bulawayo’s White City Stadium early next Saturday.

He was referring to the defiant war veterans executive led by former Zimbabwean ambassador to China Chris Mutsvangwa.

Bulawayo province is home to axed War Veterans Minister Tshinga Dube who was recently dropped from cabinet with signs he was paying for his sympathies towards the Mutsvangwa led group.

The province is also home to embattled former war veterans chair Jabulani Sibanda who was ousted from his position for his alleged association with former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

Sibanda also went on to torch controversy when he rebuked President Mugabe for allowing his wife, Grace to stage a coup from the first couple’s bedroom, something that landed him in trouble with the law.

Mujuru, on her part, was accused of putting an elaborate plot to dethrone President Mugabe in claims that were never proven.

“As the Youth League, we work with the Women’s League; you can’t separate the youths from the women. We work together, and they will be joining us during the interface rally,” Chipanga told state media on Thursday.

“As the wings, we also work with the Main Wing and in this province, it’s led by Cde Dennis Ndlovu. We are also inviting the Main Wing. We also work with war veterans, ex-detainees and collaborators in our programmes.

“There are however those rogue war veterans like Mutsvangwa (Christopher) and crew who insult the First Family and senior party leaders, those ones are not invited; they must remain in the cold until they repent. We only want real war veterans.”

President Mugabe’s penultimate youth interface rally shall come a day after a planned war veterans meeting which the Mutsvangwa led group are adamant shall discuss the veteran leader’s future in Zimbabwean politics.

The defiant group said last month they will attend Mugabe’s final youth interface rally on whose date is yet to be announced in Harare to demand the Zimbabwean leader to leave.

They also invited the opposition to come and show collective resentment against the Mugabe’s continued rule.

Gary Murambiwa
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