War veterans should shun being used as mercenaries by some people seeking to advance their own political interests, the Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Political Detainees and Restrictees, Cde Tshinga Dube has said.

In an interview on the sidelines of the provincial conference of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Associations Manicaland Chapter, Cde Dube said there is no reason for former freedom fighters to be divided.

He said the former freedom fighters must speak with one voice on matters of their welfare and empowerment.

The national chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa said focus is to transform the lives of war veterans from welfare state to entrepreneurs who can contribute meaningfully to the country’s economic development.

Turning to the 2018 harmonised elections, Ambassador Mutsvangwa said the former freedom fighters are determined to campaign for the ruling party Zanu PF saying war veterans are conscious about the need to retain political power.

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Manicaland Provincial Conference was attended by former freedom fighters from the eight political districts of Manicaland.