War vets take Chipanga, ZRP to court

Kudzi Chipanga

Kudzi Chipanga

Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter
War veterans yesterday filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court seeking the arrest of zanu-pf deputy youth leader Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga if his group threatens or disturbs the former freedom fighters’ special general meeting that has been rescheduled for Monday in Ha- rare.

In the same application, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) is seeking an order barring the police from intimidating, assaulting or using tearsmoke against its members.

Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo and Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri were cited as respondents in their official capacities, while Chipanga was listed in his personal capacity in the urgent chamber application.

Chipanga, according to the application, uttered unlawful statements at a youth meeting he addressed on Wednesday and the war veterans want him arrested for contempt of court if he continues with his threats or disrupts the planned meeting.

The application was filed by war veterans’ lawyers Mr Charles Nyika and Mr Tawanda Kanengoni of Nyika Kanengoni and Partners.

The lawyers argued that ZNLWVA was not a political party and that their gathering was a mere private and internal meeting that was not open for the general public, hence there was no need for police clearance.

In a founding affidavit deposed by ZNLWVA deputy chairman Cde Headman Moyo, the war veterans argued that the police actions were wrong in disrupting their meeting on Thursday.

“Zimbabwe Republic Police elements throughout the country have intercepted, stopped and detained applicant’s members who were coming to Harare for the special general meeting,” he said.

“In Harare, ZRP elements acting on the orders of the respondents, assaulted applicant’s members who were proceeding to the venue of the meeting with a variety of weapons, including batons, tearsmoke and chemical sprays, amongst other weapons.”

He argued that the police were biased against them because Chipanga had the previous day been allowed to address his group of youths.

“Third respondent (Chipanga) utterances are wrongful and unlawful and warrant that he be arrested and prosecuted.”

The war veterans said they only informed the police of the intended meeting out of courtesy, but were shocked to see armed police officers coming to assault them.

Some war veterans, it is reported, had travelled from as far as Chirundu, Beitbridge, Binga, Mutare, Chiredzi and other places and were now stranded in Harare as they could not go back home and come back on Monday for the rescheduled meeting.

The matter was still to be set down for hearing at the High Court.

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  • Jonathiel Moyowaonda

    The so-called Team Lacoste must just shut up and starting mobilizing support for their political party out of the G40nized ZanuPF headed by the First Lady for now. It was absurd for Team Lacoste to think that Gushungo was going to oppose his wife in support of Mnangagwa. Such thoughts can only come from dreamers. How a normal thinking person expect Gushungo to rebuke his better half in favour of who? Mnangagwa, a factional leader? That was a clear display of moronism of the highest order. I don’t support any of the two factions, neither do I support ZPF but I am an active voter.

    According to Gushungo Mnangagwa cannot be ZanuPF Presidential candidate come 2018 because he has no support as evidenced by his humiliation in Kwekwe central where he was defeated by Hon Chebundo not once but twice. The so-called the Zibagwe -Churumanzi is just a fictitious constituency created to avoid continuous humiliation of the so -called ngwena. He does not qualify to be referred to as ‘the godfather of Midlands’ that is an abuse of the term. I would accept vaMsipa as one to be called by that title, kwete dzvinyu zvaro.

    The only logical thing to do for the Mnangagwa clique is to form their own and contest the 2018 election.

    • SimonPetere

      Can’t last 5 and half minutes speaking sense. ..by the time the speech hit the 6th minute ngwena inenge yoyohumana

  • Grace Jones

    Glad they still continue with their business

  • Judas Iscariot

    There is nothing urgent about this court application. The war veterans should be suing Mutsvangwa, for misleading them and inviting them,for an unsanctioned meeting. Their patron said they should be disciplined and follow proper procedures, otherwise it will be more teargas. As for threats,war veterans are always threatening opposition members, and threatening to go back to war if Tsvangirai wins a free and fair election.Why is it okay for them to threaten others?

  • SimonPetere

    By the way Garwe is a lawyer and VP or president in waiting zviya.