The Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, in consultation with President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has appointed a new board of management for war veterans chaired by Commander Defence Forces General Phillip Valerio Sibanda.
The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, has in terms of Section 11 of the War Veterans Act Chapter 11:15 approved the appointment of a war veterans board responsible for mapping the strategic direction of war veterans’ welfare and economic empowerment.
General Sibanda has been appointed the board chairperson while other board members include Secretary for Defence and War Veterans Affairs Ambassador Grey Marongwe, Commander Zimbabwe National Army Lieutenant General Edzai Chimonyo, Commander Air Force Of Zimbabwe Air Marshal Elson Moyo, Commissioner General Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner Godwin Matanga, Commissioner General Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service Retired Major General Paradzai Zimondi and Director General Central Intelligence Organisation Ambassador Isaac Moyo.
Additionally, the secretariat to the board will comprise Major General (Retired) Richard Ruwodo, Major General (Retired) Chancellor Diye and Mrs Maguwudze – who is the legal advisor.
Announcing the board, Cde Muchinguri- Kashiri urged the board to carry out its duties and responsibilities for the good of the veterans of the liberation struggle.
“The task ahead of you is a daunting one as veterans of liberation struggle have great expectations from this board with regards to facilitating their socio-economic empowerment and improving their welfare,” she said.
Incoming board chairperson, General Sibanda pledged his commitment to work hard towards improving the welfare of war veterans.
The board will be expected to carry out its duties and responsibilities in accordance with sections 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the War Veterans Act Chapter 11:15 as amended on the 1st of October 2004, which among other issues mandates the board to ensure the register of war veterans and their dependents is kept and maintained.