<vote /> The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) has obtained a court order to stop a war veterans’ splinter group from convening a special meeting to elect the association’s new leadership. Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Mandi Chimene is leading the splinter group, as its interim chairperson.
In an urgent application heard before Justice Joseph Musakwa in the High Court yesterday, 13 members of the splinter group were listed as respondents. After hearing arguments from both parties, the judge reaffirmed the court’s previous decision that the Chimene-led splinter group has no mandate to act on behalf of the recognised association.
Justice Musakwa, however, deferred the matter to August 10 for further hearing and determination of the application in respect of the other seven who include George Matenda, Patrick Nyaruwata, Future Piriyana, Wellington Chitehwe, Rueben Chikono, Thomas Matambe and Thomas Kunaka.
In their argument, the splinter group that was not legally represented, argued that the Christopher Mutsvangwa executive was removed by a vote of no-confidence. But ZNLWVA lawyer Mr Rungano Mahuni of Mahuni, Gidiri Law Chambers, argued that the constitution of the association does not provide for the removal of its leaders by a vote of no confidence.
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