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Mnangagwa charms war vets ahead of congress

by Staff reporter
23 May 2024 at 11:18hrs | Views
President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended promises of improved economic opportunities, healthcare, and other benefits to war veterans ahead of an upcoming elective congress, aiming to consolidate support within Zanu-PF amidst preparations for the party's future leadership.

Addressing the War Veterans National Assembly at Zanu-PF headquarters, Mnangagwa emphasized the significance of war veterans' participation in the forthcoming congress, slated for October.

"The war veterans' league, along with other party structures, will have representation at our national elective congress," Mnangagwa affirmed, highlighting the pivotal role of the congress in determining the party's trajectory until the 2028 presidential elections.

In a bid to address the concerns of war veterans, Mnangagwa pledged to enhance their quality of life and facilitate their integration into the economy and national development initiatives.

"My administration is committed to empowering our war veterans to actively engage in economic activities and contribute to the nation's industrialization and modernization," Mnangagwa assured, directing ministries to expedite interventions benefiting war veterans.

Expressing concern over the aging war veteran population, Mnangagwa urged his comrades to mentor the younger generation to safeguard the party's legacy and ensure its enduring rule.

Insiders within Zanu-PF perceive these promises and recent politburo changes as strategic moves in preparation for the elective congress, which will shape Mnangagwa's leadership trajectory in the remaining three years of his presidency.

Douglas Mahiya, the national secretary of the war veterans, echoed support for Mnangagwa's initiatives, particularly the controversial Private Voluntary Organisations (PVOs) Bill, which war veterans believe will counter NGOs allegedly promoting regime change.

"We fully endorse the PVOs Bill to counter NGOs collaborating with foreign entities to undermine Zanu-PF," Mahiya stated, advocating for the establishment of Zanu-PF-aligned NGOs to counter external influence.

Source - newsday