Victor Matemadanda

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Victor Matemadanda
Victor Matemadanda, Zanu PF, War Vets, ZNLWVA
Born Victor Matemadanda
Nationality Zimbabwe
Occupation
  • Politician
Political party
Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
Children Terrence Matemadanda

Victor Matemadanda is a Zimbabwe liberation war veteran, politician, member of the ZANU PF party and is currently the Secretary General of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA). Matemadanda is a member Zanu-PF central committee.

Background

Matemadanda has a son Terrence.[1]

Political Career

In 2013, Matemadanda contested in the Zanu-PF primaries for the Gokwe Central Member of Parliament seat, which he lost.[2]

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Factional fights in ZANU PF 2014

As Secretary general of ZNLWVA, Matemadanda was vocal against what was referred to as the vice president Joice Mujuru said to be working to succeed Robert Mugabe. Matemadanda is known for having been part of the ZNLWVA elders that effected the expulsion of Jabulani Sibanda as chairperson of the organisation in October 2014 when he was accused of Criminally insulting the President Robert Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe[3] after Sibanda referred to the First Lady as having carried out a "Bedroom Coup". [4] As spokesperson of the the war veterans, Matemadanda was also instrumental in the expulsion of Rugare Gumbo from Zanu-PF after he recommeded the removal of Gumbo from the Zanu-PF secretary for Information and Publicity post for the saying succession of Robert Mugabe was a critical issue to be discussed at the party's Decmeber 2014 Congress.[5] Matemadanda was to later himself express Sibanda's sentiments about Grace Mugabe two years later in February 2016 after a faction associated with Grace Mugabe attempted to expel him from ZNLWVA with a vote of no confidence.

As the Zanu-PF succession fights between Grace Mugabe's G40 and Emmerson Mnangagwa's Lacoste Faction heated up in 2016, Matemadanda was reported to be part of the Lacoste Faction.

Factional fights in ZANU PF 2015 - 2016

On 12 February 2016, addressing a Press conference, war veterans led by ZNLWVA secretary for Information and Publicity Mandi Chimene said they had resolved to boot out Victor Matemadanda as Secretary General of the organisation. A vote of no confidence was used. Along with Matemadanda, Christopher Mutsvangwa, Monica Mutsvangwa and Headman Moyo also had votes of no confidence passed on them.

On 15 February 2016 however, Matemadanda, Mutsvangwa and others members of ZNLWVA (provincial chairpersons and national executive members from Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces) convened for an emergency meeting in Harare where they declared the Votes of No Confidence null and void as, according to them, the provisions of the ZNLWVA constitution had not been followed. The meeting was addressed by Matemadanda himself. The meeting also adopted a special resolution to convene an emergency general meeting of freedom fighters to look into recent developments in the association, the party and the nation.[6]

ZNLWVA Meeting in Harare on 15 February 2016

Arrest For Alleged Involvement In Authoring Communique

On 28 July 2016 there were reports that Matemadanda had been arrested at his Gokwe home and taken to Harare’s Law and Order section. The reports went on pointing out that he was arrested for being allegedly involved in the authoring of a communique that denounced Robert Mugabe and labelled him a dictator.[7]

Matemadanda was however arrested during Douglas Mahiya's bail hearing on August 1, 2016. Police arrested him when he attended Mahiya's bail hearing at Harare Magistrates Court in Rotten Row.

References

  1. Nelson Chenga and Nhau Mangirazi, Victor Matemadanda’s farm invaded, Financial Gazette, published: August 12, 2016, retrieved: September 9, 2016
  2. [ http://www.zbc.co.zw/news-categories/41-top-stories/33457-zanu-pf-primaries-list-of-candidates.pdf Zanu PF primaries list of candidates], ZBC , Published: 21 June 2013, Retrieved: 19 February 2016
  3. Lloyd Gumbo and Susan Nyabunze Jabulani Sibanda booted out , The Herald, Published: 1 November 2014, Retrieved: 19 February 2016
  4. Moses Matenga‘We reject bedroom coup’ Jabulani Sibanda, NewsDay , Published: 27 October 2014, Retrieved: 19 February 2016
  5. War veterans call for Rugare Gumbo’s head, The Herald, Published: 13 Nov 2014, Retrieved:19 Feb 2016
  6. War veterans breathe fire •rally behind Mutsvangwa •accuse G40 of fronting regime change, The Herald, Published:16 February 2016 , Retrieved: 18 February 2016
  7. Breaking: War vets leader Matemadanda arrested, NewsDay, published: July 28, 2016, retrieved: July 28, 2016

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