War vets demand poverty datum line allowances

WAR veterans are demanding allowances above the poverty datum line (PDL), which currently stands at around $500.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA/SILAS NKALA

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda told a local radio station this week that the ex-freedom fighters were, however, cognisant of the country’s precarious financial position.

“We were paid a gratuity already unless if you say an increment. The war veteran that was there in 1980 is not the war veteran you are talking to today,” he said.

Victor Matemadanda, War Vets secretary general

“We know the country’s financial position and will not make unnecessary demands. We would want to have an allowance that is at least on the poverty datum line or above, because what we have is far below, but we understand that the current situation may not allow for an adjustment.”

He added: “But should the situation improve, yes, we would want to see that allowance increased to a reasonable level. We have war veterans who are disabled and cannot fend for themselves. However, we will not be blind to the prevailing economic conditions in as much as we might want these things”.

In Bulawayo, War Veterans ministry secretary Walter Tapfumaneyi told participants at a Centre for Applied Legal Resources-organised workshop on re-alignment of laws that the department’s “coffers are dry”.

Tapfumaneyi said lack of funding had resulted in programmes such as the on-going vetting process of war collaborators being hampered.

“The ministry’s coffers are dry and are absolutely not in relationship with our plan for the year ahead. We are expected to perform as a ministry and if we do not, then we can be sent to the village, but we can only perform when we have resources. At the moment, war veterans are suffering. If you go to the street and see a person who is suffering, it’s a war vet, but the State is unable to take care of us,” he said.

“We are saying that we want mining claims or land as our benefits, but what we see in practice is different. We talk to the ministers daily on this,” he said, adding the War Vets ministry required no less than $300 million for its programmes.

Tapfumaneyi said Zimbabwe has at least 34 053 former fighters, who have 33 441 children requiring school fees as well as about 9 558 widows “bringing the total number of beneficiaries under the allocation of War Veterans Fund to 77 052”.

He added that an estimated 200 000 war collaborators were set to be vetted with 47 000 widows and 400 000 children.

Treasury, according to Tapfumaneyi, recently released $6 million towards war veterans’ children school fees, but said this was “only 7% of the budget”.

President Robert Mugabe’s government doled out unbudgeted millions at the turn of the century as gratuities to the former fighters, that critics argue led to the current economic mess.

12 Responses to War vets demand poverty datum line allowances

  1. Sirius February 6, 2016 at 11:31 am #

    Tired of these war vets…2016 and counting and they think they own the country..or the country owes them!!

  2. Allan Boesak February 6, 2016 at 11:33 am #

    So called veterans are actually typical useless Zimbabweans.
    Most of them think the world owes them a living.
    They are illiterate buffoons who rob, rape and murder.

  3. harurwa February 6, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    while civil servants are suffering, a made government will make a move for the so called war veterans every Zimbabwean who was present did great for the nation and everyone is a war veteran. who are the guerrillas to be named war veterans? nonsense!!

  4. Musona February 6, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    Bloody leeches these so-called war veterans. Forever wanting everything for free. Good-for-nothing parasites. These so-called war veterans area motley bunch of ex-criminals who skipped the borders in the 1970s as fugitives from justice for non-political criminal offences like theft, robbery, rape, mbanje-peddling, murderers, pick-pockets, school drop-outs and juvenile delinquents who ended up in Zanu and Zapu camps after being stranded in foreign land. These morons had no political leanings or knowledge of politics. Mere criminals who serendipitously found themselves in Zanu and Zapu camps looking for shelter and food. Bloody parasites.

  5. Musona February 6, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

    One sentence should read, “These so-called war veterans are a motley bunch of ex-criminals who skipped the borders in the 1970s as fugitives from justice for non-political criminal offences like theft, robbery, rape, mbanje-peddling, fraud, embezzlement, murderers, pick-pockets, school drop-outs and juvenile delinquents who ended up in Zanu and Zapu camps after being stranded in foreign land”.

  6. WILLARD MUBVUMBI February 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    You got the land, you failed to show us that you are capable. You got the mines and nothing meaningful is being done. Are you the only one who fought? The govt is mollycoddling you and its dangerous getting used to spoonfeeding. Stand on your feet and leave the govt alone.

  7. forbesk February 6, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

    No mani you guys must start working for your own upkeep. We fed, sheltered and clothed your during the war you are veterans of and you want to continue riding on our back. Honda zvamunoti makaipedza wani. please.

  8. Newako February 6, 2016 at 11:01 pm #

    Here they go again the war vets. They want to be paid more than people who are going to work are being paid.
    What happened to the farms that they took and destroyed.
    They seem hell bent on destroying.
    Now he says that things are not good, why? Because their Robert Mugabe has destroyed everything and yet they continue to support him.
    War vets are a scourge to Zimbabwe. They are a very small number of people who think everyone owes them a living.

  9. bona February 7, 2016 at 6:12 am #

    This war vets shud use the land that they took to farm and get money.No jobs and were do they think the money comes from,eat that land

  10. Freeman February 7, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    Hey mukurwadziwa nei mboko imi evn the US gvt still pays veterans of world war two musango bvotomoke,kungot its a pity brain ndodzisimo mumadzoro enyu.

  11. Go Balls Moyo February 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    Why and how is it that every year there are more and more thieving and lying “vets” and “majubas”.
    This is the case even while so many of these louts are dying of AIDS and similar diseases.
    Perhaps a vet prophet is endowed with divine intervention skills.

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