War Veterans Call For Chinotimba's Expulsion From Zanu-PF
Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) Manicaland chairman Gift Kagweda, who is also the ruling party’s provincial political commissar, confirmed to NewsDay that he had received a letter of complaint from Buhera war veterans who are accusing Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba of exhibiting some G40 cabal “divisive” traits.
Kagweda said they will investigate the allegations levelled against Chinotimba before taking action. In the letter, signed by Buhera district war veterans chairman Nelson Mahamba, Chinotimba is accused of labelling all executive members of the Christopher Mutsvangwa-led ZNLWVA as “bogus’’. The war veterans allege that Chinotimba once collected money from villagers in preparation for a rally that was addressed by Grace Mugabe at Mutiusinazita, but diverted it to his personal use. When contacted by NewsDay for comment Chinotimba said:
I am a member of central committee and do you think I can be fired in Zanu PF? Do you think you can fire the best Member of Parliament in Zanu PF? We have some war veterans who are being used for money and in the end lie. Yes, I supported Zanu PF and Cde (Robert) Mugabe just like any other person including the current President. But it is a lie that I was a member of G40. They are trying to tarnish my image, but I am sorry, it is not going to work. I am a principled man, how can I support dead things like G40? I never benefited anything from G40 because it was a dead project.