Dube, was in Mutare recently with Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi and his permanent secretary Walter Tapfumaneyi to address the war veterans in the province.
During Dubeâ€™s speech, Chimene â€” who leads a rival faction â€” stood up and threatened to beat him. Dube has disowned the war veterans splinter group led by Chineme accusing the group of causing mayhem within Zanu (PF).
â€œThis shows the level of immaturity within some of our leaders. Itâ€™s a shame that she decided to reduce herself to such levels. Why was she threatening to beat me up? I thought mature people could disagree peacefully without resorting to primitive actions,â€ Dube said.Â He said: â€œI feel Chimene is belittling her office. She should lead by example. A (Provincial Affairs) minister does not work that way.â€Â Dube further alleged that after the threats by Chimene, she unleashed a sangoma on him in an effort to intimidate him. Chimene leads a break-away faction of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veteransâ€™ Association (ZNLWVA), which is tussling for control with the Mutsvangwa-led executive.
Chimene and her associates have declared themselves interim leaders of the ZLWVA since the elected Mutsvangwa leadership fell out with theruling party early this year for allegedly meddling in the beleagured partyâ€™s succession politics and undermining the first family. Chimene has vowed to defy a High Court ruling interdicting her from exercising any role as war veterans chief.
The vote of no confidence passed against Mutsvangwa, wife Monica and two other executive members â€“ Victor Matemadanda and Headman Moyo â€“ ignited turf wars which have split the association and Zanu (PF).Post published in: Featured