Zimbabwe: ED to Address War Vets' Grievances

22 February 2018

President Mnangagwa is willing to look into the welfare of war veterans, war collaborators and ex-detainees, Zanu-PF secretary for war veterans Cde Victor Matemadanda has said.

Addressing hundreds of war veterans, collaborators and ex-detainees at Chipadze High School in Bindura on Saturday, Cde Matemadanda said it was good that their plight is being looked into.

"We have your grievances listed in a document presented to President and he has already indicated that he is looking into that," he said.

He said the President was busy with investors and other issues to do with improving the economy.

"We have to understand that for now he is busy luring investors into the country and also making sure that Zimbabwe will have a free and fair election. That is what we fought for," he said.

Cde Matemadanda said former President Robert Mugabe failed to address their grievances.

"The problem is that we had a President who could not sympathise with us. For 37 years he could not address our issues. So now we thank President Mnangagwa for his understanding," he said.

A war vets interface with the President will soon be convened.

"We will communicate with you but the President has already indicated that he will meet you. He has your grievances and he will address them," he added.

He said it was important for the freedom fighters to be ambassadors of a non-violent election campaign.

"We sacrificed our lives to live in a free and peaceful Zimbabwe and we have to defend that. We need to go to our districts, villages and be ambassadors of a non-violent election. Let us peacefully campaign for our party and President so that we win resoundingly," he said.

He urged war veterans to remain united.

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