Opposition MDC 'is Zimbabwe's Renamo', claims war vets leader - report

Zimbabwe's war veterans leader Victor Matematanda has reportedly equated the main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance to Mozambique's rebel group Renamo.

Matematanda said this as he warned the ruling Zanu-PF party members against working with the opposition.

Renamo fought a 16-year civil war against Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party until 1992 and then emerged as an opposition party that still retained its armed fighters.

Renamo's long-time leader, Afonso Dhlakama - a former rebel supremo turned opposition leader died last month- after he had transformed group into an opposition party, but failed to take power from Frelimo in elections and again took up arms between 2013 and 2016.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Matemadanda, who is the secretary general of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, claimed that remnants of Generation 40 (G40) within the ruling Zanu-PF party were plotting to destabilise the revolutionary party.

He however, warned that "heads will soon roll... to bring back sanity and order" within the party just over a month before a crunch election.

"Some officials working at party offices are still working with the G40 and G40 is the Gamatox which is a Rhodesian Reactionary Movement. That's why NPF (National Patriotic Front) is joining hands with MDC Alliance, those are just desperate people who want positions and do not care about the revolution. How can we have a person who rose to the post of vice president who go and join hands with reactionary which you know it is a reactionary Zimbabwe’s Renamo?" Matemadanda was quoted as saying.

Matemadanda's remarks came less than a week after reports suggested that a faction of the recently-formed opposition, the NPF, claimed that Grace wanted to be vice president of the MDC Alliance.   

The sensational claim was made by Jim Kunaka of the NFP.

The NPF was formed after the ageing former president Robert Mugabe was persuaded to step down in a military takeover in November last year.

Reports indicated that Mugabe, 94, was behind the party.

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