War veterans shun Grace Mugabe
11 December 2015, 16:48
Harare - Zimbabwe's war veterans reportedly would not be backing First Lady Grace Mugabe's ascendancy into power as the country’s second in command, despite advocating for equality in representation, reports said on Friday.
According to a New Zimbabwe report, the war veterans are power brokers within the ruling party, and they want Grace to remain the Zanu-PF Women's League boss up "to 2018 and beyond".
Media reports indicate that a new group within the ruling party known as the Generation 40 (G40) are pushing for the promotion of the first lady into one of President Robert Mugabe’s deputies, a move that is widely believed would position her as Mugabe’s successor.
A NewsDay report last month said relations between the first lady and the war veterans reached rock bottom after Grace reportedly warned that war veterans should not think that by participating in the country’s liberation struggle they had a licence to “misbehave”.
"The disciplinary arm of the party would deal with errant war veterans even if they were distinguished liberation war fighters," Grace was quoted at the time as saying.
In a different report on Friday, NewsDay revealed that Mugabe, 91, applauded his wife Grace and the party’s political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere for promoting the party.
Mugabe's remarks came following Grace's recent countrywide rallies which have seen her donating food and clothes to the poor.
"While credit for the good image and standing of the party is shared by all of us, allow me to single out the women’s league and the commissariat for working tirelessly in mobilising and keeping the party alive,” Mugabe was quoted as saying.
However, according to New Zimbabwe, war veterans in Matabeleland and Bulawayo are calling for Kasukuwere's head as they believe the political commissariat post of the Zanu-PF party should "be held by war veteran members with good revolutionary credentials”.
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