WAR veterans are baying for former Agriculture deputy minister and Goromonzi North legislator Paddy Zhanda’s blood for furthering the G40 agenda as well as disrupting Zanu PF activities.
Addressing scores of war veterans from Mashonaland East province at Mbuya Nehanda Hall in Marondera at the weekend, war veterans secretary-general Victor Matemadanda alleged that Zhanda bought beer for some youths in a bid to stop them from attending Zanu PF meeting.
“The President [Emmerson Mnangagwa] spoke on retribution. I will tell the President that in Mashonaland East province there are people who are abusing the word, retribution. Even in heaven, people are forgiven, but only those who confess their sins. But we have some who think they are lucky, the likes of Paddy Zhanda. They think that we are not aware of what is happening. Yesterday [Thursday], he [Zhanda] bought beer for some people in a bid to stop them from attending the meeting,” he said.
But Zhanda dismissed the allegations, and accused his rivals of spreading the rumours to tarnish him politically.
“Those are lies. That is not true at all. How can I buy people beer in a constituency that I have a grip on? The allegations are not true. I am aware of those peddling lies, who want me out of the party or suspended so that they contest in the constituency while I am not there,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF youth league has reportedly claimed that former president Robert Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao is “plotting sabotage voting” against the party in the forthcoming elections.
Zimbabwe is set to go to the polls in 5 months.
The youth league’s national political commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu said that the party was aware of Zhuwao’s shenanigans.
“We are aware that the remnants of the G40 cabal being led by Zhuwao are still in Mashonaland East.
“They have declared a bhora musango (sabotage voting) in 2018 and we get worried when we hear that the likes of Zhuwao are still having a say in the structures of the party. Why is he still having an influence in the leadership when he was expelled from the party? We are all aware that he publicly challenged President Emmerson Mnangagwa,” Tsenengamu was quoted as saying.