The claim by MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa to now have a liberation war veterans wing has spooked the ruling Zanu PF party into vetting the credentials of some of the veterans of the liberation struggle.
Zanu PF national chairperson, Oppah Muchinguri, who is also the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, says there are fake war veterans and has warned she will soon be asking questions on the roles played by those who claim a hand in the liberation war.
“There are benefits that are supposed to be enjoyed by war veterans chief among them is access to the land. After the land audit, we said 25 percent of the land should be given to war veterans.
“We will not just give any war veteran because some of them are fake and they lie about their credentials. We are going to vet them.
“We have cases of people who are below 50 years and claim to be war veterans. We would like to know which comrades you worked with during the liberation struggle because comrades have a sharp memory,” said Muchinguri.
She said those war veterans who have now joined Chamisa were all fake because real war veterans will never join ‘the enemy’.
“Chamisa claims to have liberation war veterans in his party and we wonder which war veterans and which liberation struggle are they talking about. A real war veteran does not abandon ship and join the enemy. Real war veterans are in Zanu PF and anyone else is fake,” said Muchinguri.