Judge bars war vets ouster; mutes MandiJudge bars war vets ouster; mutes Mandi:The High Court has blocked a bid to oust the war veterans’ leadership by a group aligned to President Robert Mugabe and the so-called G40 Zanu PF faction.

Mugabe, 92, who has been told to resign by the ex-fighters, ordered elections for a new leadership in Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA).

The Zanu PF leader is furious with the Chris Mutsvangwa-led war veterans executive after a communique damning his leadership and demanding his resignation was issued following a recent meeting of the liberation war fighters.

The Mutsvangwa executive recently approached the High Court seeking an interdict barring war vets still backing Mugabe from organising the new elections.

The pro-Mugabe group is led by Manicaland provincial affairs minister Mandiitawepi Chimene and other 12 ex-fighters now masquerading as the association’s interim leadership.

However High Court judge, Justice Joseph Musakwa ruled that Chimene and her group could not call fresh elections.

“That the respondents (Chimene and her group) are interdicted from calling for an election within the association without following the associations’ procedure and rules laid out in the Applicants’ Constitution.

“Also from holding themselves as Interim Executive or substantive leaders of the association, interfering with the association’s activities or give press conferences with regard to the Applicant’s leadership.

“The Respondents shall pay cost of the Applicant,” the judge ruled.

Chimene has since indicated that she would not be constrained by court rulings, and last week quipped: “Was the Court there when we went to war? I was not invited to the liberation struggle by the court”.

Mugabe ordered fresh elections at a solidarity rally organised by Chimene and her group in Harare last week.

The Zanu PF leader has bitterly fallen out with his former liberation war shock troopers who have since declared that would not campaign for him in the next elections which are due in 2018.

The war veterans say they back Emmerson Mnangagwa as Mugabe’s eventual successor, but the veteran leader appears to suspect the former fighters are pushing for the vice president’s immediate takeover.

Title: Judge bars war vets ouster; mutes Mandi

Author: New Zimbabwe

Source: New Zimbabwe

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