Veterans of the liberation struggle have been urged to defend the values and founding principles of Zanu PF as they are products of the revolutionary party.

The call was made by the deputy chairman of the Zimbabwe National War Veterans Association (ZNWVA), Cde George Mlala during a meeting held in Gwanda yesterday.

Addressing war veterans, ex-detainees, collaborators and restrictees during a meeting in held in Gwanda, Cde Malala said the former freedom fighters have the responsibility to defend the interests of the revolutionary party not to challenge and disrespect their leaders.

He expressed concern that the way ward behaviour of some war veterans had tarnished the image of the party and that of freedom fighters.

The war veterans’ leadership in Matabeleland South pledged their allegiance to President Robert Mugabe saying they will not be part of those who attack and undermine the authority of their patron.

War veterans in Matabeleland South Province will soon meet the Vice President Cde Phelekezela Mphoko to discuss among other issues ex-ZAPU and ZIPRA properties that were seized after independence and the welfare of the ex-combatants.