The Herald (Harare)

4 June 2012

Zimbabwe: Govt Urged to Honour War Veterans

Chimanaimani — CHIEF'S council president, Chief Fortune Charumbira has implored Government to honor war veterans for their stance in preserving the gains of the liberation struggle.

Speaking on behalf of Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Didymus Mutasa on Saturday to thousands of people who gathered at Biriwiri High School in Chimanimani to celebrate the elevation of Senator Monica Mutsvangwa to Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Services, Chief Charumbira said war veterans did a lot for the country.

"Without war veterans the country will go to the whites again. War veterans are the ones who fought together with our fallen heroes and heroines such that we enjoy the fruits of their sacrifice," said Chief Charumbira.

"They spent sleepless nights and a lot of time in the bush to the extent that some died, others lost legs and limbs due to the brutality of former white colonisers. Today we are celebrating victory for one of them -- Monica Mutsvangwa.

"To be a minister, one must have qualities like those of Monica. This is a result of dedication, hard work and good relations with other people," he said.

Chief Charumbira said politicians should have good relations with chiefs.

"If you are not in good books with chiefs it simply means your chances of being elected as leader are minimal. Monica is an example and as a humble woman, she was awarded accordingly," he said.

He thanked President Robert Mugabe for his leadership and choice in selecting ministers who work for the people.

"I thank our President for his exceptional leadership and he chose Monica to represent women in places where core issues would be discussed," he added.

Speaking at the same occasion, Chief Ngorima said, "We are very happy that the women raised in our area are honored. We believe that our problems are now going to be solved now."

Chief Ngorima, however, implored Sen Mutsvangwa to work hard since her elevation meant a lot of work before her.

"Let me advise you there is a lot of work ahead. Ordinary aging people in this area are leading miserable lives after retiring from former jobs. There are no pension schemes for them," he said.

Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa, husband to Sen Mutsvangwa thanked the people in Manicaland for their support.

"My wife is what she is today because of the people's eternal support. Many students and people from Chimanimani sacrificed their lives and crossed into Mozambique to liberate the country," said Ambassador Mutsvangwa.

Sen Mutsvangwa donated US$1 000 to buy stationary at the school.

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