Poor war veterans cry
By Kundai Maponga
THE Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) have accused government officials of leading a plan to impoverish them and alienate them from President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Addressing the press after a ZNLWVA national executive meeting, spokesperson, Douglas Mahiya said remnants of ousted President Robert Mugabe’s government were fighting the liberation warfighters.
“We have gathered here again to look at our welfare not much has been done ever and this is caused by people. I want to tell you that in 1980 when we return back from the war the former regime, the former President (Mugabe) then removed us from the political structures and other people took over and those are the people that are taking decisions today,” he said.
He said the same people under the Mugabe who ran the war veterans into poverty were still driving the agenda.
“There are people in the civil service who would not want to see the president still call the same thing and our welfare is not being looked at, we don’t understand why it is not being looked at all other sectors the private sector , the civil servants have been cushioned, war veterans have not been cushioned. War veterans are surviving on an US0.48c a day. Nothing has been done,” he said.
Mahiya said the war veterans were are not happy with the way their affairs were being handled saying they will keep on pressing the government.
“We want to urge government and parliament to speed the harmonization of this law so that war veterans start benefiting from the constitutional provisions of their welfare,” he said.