Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association Secretary General Cde Victor Matemadanda has urged former freedom fighters in Matabeleland South Province to rally behind the new government which seeks to usher the country to economic prosperity.
The war veterans’ national leadership met Matabeleland South Province former freedom fighters in Gwanda yesterday to thank them for working hard to ensure that Zanu PF wins the July 30 polls despite being poorly resources.
Cde Matemadanda said while there were important lessons drawn from the elections, focus should now on be on rebuilding the economy so that the standard of living of the people of Zimbabwe can be uplifted.
Former freedom fighters who abandoned the party but want to be part of the new economic trajectory are free to come back added Cde Matemadanda.
“To people like Jabulani Sibanda, Didymus Mutusa, Joice Mujuru you are all welcome to come back because we are heading for exciting times. As former freedom fighters we want you to be part of us as we deliver the goals of the liberation struggle, goals to ensure a prosperous Zimbabwe,” he said.
The war veterans’ leader also reminded government to empower the former liberation fighters who have remained at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
“Often times when people talk about corruption, they are talking about a few people benefiting resources and getting favours that others are not privy to. But if gold claims are given to all of us, if the Command Livestock Programme is benefiting everyone, who will complain misconduct and unfairness,” he said.
Outgoing Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Matabeleland South, Cde Abednico Ncube called for unity among all cadres saying jostling for positions and backbiting tends to destroy the party.
“The most important thing is for us all to remain united. Back stabbing each other and fighting for positions will not build the party,” said Cde Ncube.
The meeting also discussed the impending Zanu PF restructuring exercise, vetting of former freedom fighters, the education of their children, and access to health care among others.