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The ugly battles that appear in the Zimbabwe National Veterans War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) weaken President Emmerson Mnangagwa's strong base as ex-warriors played a key role in their progress towards the throne.
While it was the Zimbabwe Defense Forces that won the rise of Mnangagwa into power with a mild coup in November last year, it was the military veterans – through ZNLWVA – who underpinned Chris Mutsvangwa's current subfighter.
The former liberation warriors, however, exchanged harsh words with informed sources trusting in Daily News that the sympathetic stresses have overwhelmed resources.
A source within the association revealed that there were substantial donations that were pumped in ZNLWVA for the removal of former president Robert Mugabe, but these did not reach all the military, so exploitation.
"If you look at the majority of the military veterans, they are poor and only a few beneficiaries of the gifts," said the source.
The mathematical secretary of the association Victor Matemadanda had just entered Mutsvangwa, who was very critical of presumed cartels, which he now says to control Mnangagwa's government.
Yesterday, Matemadanda reported questions to the speaker of ZNLWVA, Douglas Mahiya, who set a unit in the ex-combatant camp.
But the real image is different.
Analysts called by the Daily News said Mnangagwa's powerful base is now shaken by the ugly battles that fall at the heart of the party, but behind the scenes.
Professor of World Policy at the London School of Eastern and African Studies Stephen Chan said that the divisions between the military veterans over resources were a mirror of the structural weaknesses in the country.
"Such disputes will increase and deepen, because the money supply decreases. The veterans are just one aspect of a national phenomenon about lack of fiscal confidence," said Chan.
"Concentrating one aspect of the political power is fighting once more – it's like Zimbabwe's disease – prevents the difficult task of making difficult decisions: basically, as a result of the severe severity required by an IMF salvage program. Zimbabweans would not see anything similar, "he added.
Politically, analysts have said that the military veterans fight also reflects the deep roots in the high offices, and Mnangagwa must revive the economy otherwise, its activists will be superfluous.
Twenty weeks ago, the usual warrior military veterans had a meeting with Mnangagwa demanding the leaders of several Zanu-PF bigwicks who were also charged with misused money in the removal of Mugabe.
Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said, while the military veterans did a great job and fought the release battle, their influence, especially the few very politicians, is now exaggerated.
"So many things have changed since the war and Mugabe's first 30 years have been in power. Now the military veterans are no longer very influential constituencies, because of many factors including old age, participation in sacking national media under Mugabe and their political party," he said.
"Mnangagwa can do without them. Mnangagwa needs to fight (compete with his party), he needs the army, young people, women and sections of the opposition and civil society that he needs the warriors. The easiest way to prevent (internal rivals) is to recover the economy and open the democratic space. If he did so, Mnangagwa will receive enough support from Zimbabwe to silence the military (rival), "said Saungweme.
However, Namibia-based scholar and scholar Admire Mare said Mnangagvo had all the reasons to fear the resignations in the veteran's military camp.
He said that the slots and scales manifesting within the war co-operation are not essentially new but they have always reappeared, especially after elections.
"I would not say that the influence of military veterans is exaggerated within the party, but I think we see the realization of interests and political camps. These are individual fights for recognition within the party structures in the post-Mugabe -political order.
"The extent that it can influence the president, depends on many endogenous and exogenous factors, but my reading is that they need to be able to strike them in the seam. I will not be surprised whether the president demands Indaba warriors to deal with their crimes, "said Mare.
While some military veterans live decent lives, the majority live on the economic borders, although they still order rational influences in their communities.
Mugabe has tried several times to engage the garrulous military veterans, but he could not capture the leadership that already stood to support Mnangagwa. Daily News