Improve our welfare, war vets tell ED

Mnangagwa was sworn in at the National Sports Stadium to serve another term after beating Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa last month.

VETERANS of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation struggle have called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to improve their welfare by addressing the socio-economic challenges currently facing the country.

Mnangagwa was sworn in at the National Sports Stadium yesterday to serve another term after beating Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa last month.

Chamisa is, however, disputing the election results.

In a statement, the interim Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) executive said the inauguration provided a crucial starting point to deal with their concerns.

“ZNLWVA recognises the significance of this inauguration, as it provides a crucial starting point for advancing the objectives outlined in the Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Act.

“This legislation serves to address the economic deprivation faced by the war veterans sector and ensures their well-being and empowerment,” the war veterans said.

“We eagerly anticipate the introduction of economic enablers that will effectively address the economic challenges faced by our esteemed war veterans. These individuals, who selflessly dedicated their lives to the liberation struggle, deserve opportunities for socio-economic development and a dignified livelihoods.”

The war veterans demanded a face-to-face engagement with Mnangagwa to share their insights.

“ZNLWVA strongly advocates the immediate engagement of war veterans in the socio-economic and governance matrix of the Zimbabwe republic.

“Their invaluable insights, experiences, and leadership must be harnessed to contribute to the overall development and progress of our beloved nation,” the veterans said.

The war veterans reaffirmed their commitment to working with the government, private sector, civil society and other stakeholders to fulfil their aspirations, while ensuring aprosperous future for all Zimbabweans.

“Together, we will honour the legacy of our liberation struggle while empowering the future generations, fostering a united and prosperous Zimbabwe,” they said.

Challenges faced by the war veterans include living in poor shelters and meagre pensions.

Last year, nine war veterans were arrested after they allegedly besieged then Finance minister Mthuli Ncube’s office demanding better pensions.

The war veterans, who were arrested at the New Government Complex in the central business district, were charged with inciting public violence.

Forty ex-combatants were also detained at Harare Central Police Station last year after they gathered in Harare’s Africa Unity Square to protest over the ZWL$16 000 monthly allowances they were receiving as pension.

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