5 December 2012

Zimbabwe: MDC Lauds Zipra High Command

press release

MDC applauds the statement issued by the Former ZIPRA high Command in their press release. As a party we acknowledge the issues raised therein and we affirm our concern on the plight and neglect these gallant sons and daughters have endured over the years.

It is totally unacceptable that these genuine liberation war fighters have been neglected by the government for the past 32 years largely due to political partisanship in spite of their invaluable contribution to the independence of this country.

We extol and exalt the former High Command's reiteration that the liberation war was premised on the concept of one man one vote and the democratic principle of respect of the will of the people. We commend such an unwavering stand point on the values and principles guiding the war of liberation which those in the Zanu PF structures have unfortunately sought to desecrate and disrespect in pursuit of selfish personal partisan interests.

The continued total disregard of surviving heroes during national events, such as the Heroes and Independence days, as well as their unwarranted discrimination in the police and the army is absolutely disconcerting.

As we look forward to a new Zimbabwe, we remain grounded in the values and principles of democracy, peace stability and national security of our country as ascribed in your unbridled resolve.

We take this opportunity to assure all the genuine but forgotten veterans of the liberation struggle that a new Zimbabwe will be committed to the respect and proper recognition of these gallant sons of Zimbabwe whose supreme sacrifice has brought the independence of this Country.

To that end we demand that the government redresses the plight of these war veterans forthwith.

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