Zimbabwe is aligning laws relating to the veterans of the liberation struggle to the new Constitution, with laws relating to war veterans, ex-political detainees and war collaborators set to be merged.
The Ex-Political Prisoners and Detainees Act as well as the War Veterans Act are expected to be consolidated into a single law called the Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Act that will also include war collaborators.
Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said the move is being made on the realisation of the need to ensure that all veterans of the liberation struggle have access to relevant benefits such as health care, pensions and economic emancipation.
Speaking to ZBC News after a closed door meeting with representatives of war veterans in the capital this Friday, Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri said the latest developments are also in line with the country’s new Constitution and are aimed at reforming laws governing strategic institutions.
“We are aligning the laws of the liberation war fighters in line with the new Constitution so we hope it will be a success,” she said.
According to Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri, modalities are always being worked out to identify challenges, requirements, business opportunities as well as viable projects that can sustain veterans of the liberation struggle.
“We shall continue to do our best because it is our duty to ensure that their concerns or needs are addressed,” she said.
Sources who attended the closed door meeting revealed that the veterans of liberation struggle tabled their concerns and proposals to Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri in light of the prevailing macro-economic climate.