By A Correspondent-War veterans in Chiredzi war veterans have blocked the minister of State for Masvingo Ezra Chadzamira from attending a party meeting and demanded his removal from office.
The war veterans are accusing Chadzamira of corruptly allocating land in the district to outsiders while sidelining locals.
On Monday, the war veterans held a protest at Palm Tree Hotel in Chiredzi, where Chadzamira and other ruling provincial party leaders were about to attend a meeting.
They also called for the removal of all the provincial leaders to enrich themselves instead of serving the people.
The development came a few days after investigators from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc)briefly arrested Chadzamira for alleged abuse of office involving the allocation of land in the province, but prosecutors turned the case down after President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s intervention.
Chadzamira is Mnangagwa’s political ally.
The Mnangagwa faction believes a faction led by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga instigated Chadzamira’s arrest as part of a ploy to oust him from the provincial leadership.
Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association (ZLWVA) Chiredzi district chairperson Killer Makuni confirmed the demonstration to The NewsHawks.
He said the demonstrators, who wielded placards, are members of his association who are unhappy with the parcelling out of land in Chiredzi.
Makuni said the allocations were done without input from the Chiredzi district lands committee and should be reversed. He also confirmed that war veterans had approached senior government officials, including Chiwenga, to register their displeasure. NewsHawks