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Zim war veterans met with teargas, water cannons during rally

The incident comes amid worsening factional strife within President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party.

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HARARE – Reports from Harare say riot police have fired teargas and used water cannons to disperse a group of war veterans who were due to hold a rally.

The incident comes amid worsening factional strife within President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party.

The war veterans are largely thought to support Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who doesn't have the upper hand in ZANU-PF power struggles at the moment.

Today, they were scheduled to hold a meeting in central Harare to discuss the growing crisis in the ruling party.

The party has been hit by internal battles, pitting supporters of the vice president against those allegedly aligned to First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Eyewitnesses say riot police broke up the meeting with teargas and a water cannon.

Commentators are already suggesting this shows the police are firmly behind the G40 faction, which is opposed to Mnangagwa.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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