The government is committed to ensuring war vets enjoy a life of dignity with appropriate provisions befitting their status.
This was the message from President Emmerson Mnangagwa when he met with war veterans at the City Sports Centre today.
The war veterans had an opportunity to present their concerns province by province, with each provincial chairperson taking to the podium.
President Mnangagwa responded by saying government is committed war veterans welfare, adding that it is not true that the former freedom fighters are not wanted in the party (Zanu PF).
“War veterans are part and parcel of the party,” he said.
President Mnangagwa said he had listened to the war veterans’ challenges and concerns, highlighting that government will look into all of them as they are important.
“Ndateerera zvamanga muchitaura, zvimwe zvizhinji zvisharu, asi zvose zvakakosha (I have listened to all your concerns, some old issues, but they are all important).
“The challenges have been written down and VP Chiwenga touched on some of the issues and what we are doing to address them,” said President Mnangagwa.
Responding to issues of war veterans’ welfare, President Mnangagwa announced that government has made a decision to increase their allowances and pensions and to ensure timely disbursements of school fees for their children.
The President said government will continue to support the former freedom fighters in their empowerment endeavours.
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He reiterated that he is a listening President, adding that there need to respect the rule of law as a nation if the economy is to be rebuilt.
“I am a servant of the people and am a listening President. The task at hand is to rebuild the economy which must involve all Zimbabweans, regardless of gender. This will be done through the rule of law and constitutionalism.
“If the rule of law fails the country suffers, and the country will fall into chaos and its people will become discontent,” he said.
The President noted that government is reengaging with the outside world for strategic partnerships which will in turn result in improved livelihoods for all the citizenry.
“Reforms have been put in place as a means to leapfrog the economy to catch up with other nations and the developing world. Government envisages a country free from corruption and to achieve a middle income country by 2030,” said Cde Mnangagwa.
The war veterans, amongst their concerns, expressed dismay at the continued influence of the G40 cabal in the ruling party, to which President Mnangagwa responded by reiterating that state capture as witnessed during the period of the G40 cabal “must never revisit the country”.
The President urged people to defend the country and work hard for the benefit of the people now and in the future.
Turning to the forthcoming harmonised elections, he urged war veterans to massively campaign in all sectors for Zanu PF’s victory and implored the preaching of peace and love in the campaigns.
On imposition of candidate in party elections, the President reiterated that there should be no impositions, adding that members must report such practices.
This was President Mnangagwa’s inaugural meeting with war veterans following the ushering in of the new dispensation.