Zipra veterans seek to meet Mnangagwa

THE Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army cadres are planning to meet President Emmerson Mnangagwa over pertinent issues they claim former President Robert Mugabe and the ruling Zanu PF ignored for 37 years.

BY SILAS NKALA

Zipra Veterans Association secretary-general Petros Sibanda said the veterans will meet in at Homestead Conference centre in Bulawayo at 2pm on Sunday to discuss issues to be presented to the President. The Zipra cadres believe Mnangagwa is tolerant to divergent views.

The former PF Zapu military wing members have claimed that most former Zipra comrades are living in abject poverty.

“We are meeting to prepare the agenda to take to the President, especially issues affecting Zipra members, which include welfare, empowerment and vetting of unvetted comrades,” Sibanda said.

“We remember there was a process of alignment of the War Veterans Act to the Constitution which was initiated by then Minister of War Veterans, Tshinga Dube. We are not sure if that process will continue.”

Sibanda said they also want to lobby for the return of their properties that were confiscated by Mugabe’s administration soon after independence. Zipra and Zapu lost several farms, and properties when the Zanu PF government confiscated the property, accusing the party and military wing of unleashing dissidents to destabilise government.

“There is a covert law which prevents a party from interfering in the property ownership and we want that law to be regularised and have that cover removed to enable those who had their property taken unfairly claiming it back without hindrance,” Sibanda said.

He said they also want Gukurahundi information declassified.

“The issue of classification of information is still of concern to us. There must be declassification of that information,” Sibanda said.

“There are some people who ran away from the country during political disturbances in 1980s [Gukurahundi] and even to date they still live abroad they fear returning home because people get arrested for crimes they do not know. The law says the classified information must expire after five years and we want that done so that our comrades who are in hiding are allowed to come back, this country belongs to them too and everyone must be free in it.”

Sibanda said they will engage Special Adviser to the President Christopher Mutsvangwa on their plans to meet Mnangagwa.

3 Comments

  1. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakohamandishe

    Hey! Vetting unvetted members after 38 years? Pane chokwadi chinonyatsobuda apa. Hapane here vamwe varikutambira mari vasina kodzero yekutambira mari iyi? Zvinoda kuongororwa
    zve. Apana here vakafa, asi vasiri kuzivikanwa kuHurumende kuti vakafa? Zvinoda kuongororwa zve. Pavetting unvetted apachabuda vakakuvadzwa nemagejo kana vachibva kundari voti vakakura kuhondo. Maonero angu pachanetsa. Hongu varipo
    vakaenda kuhondo vasina chavarikuwana PF Zapu neZanu PF. Asi ndinoona kuti makore awandisa. Zvichibvira, ngapatange patsvakwa avo varikutambira kana vakatambira, VASINA KODZERO YEKUTAMBIRA. Vosungwa, vonzi vadzore zvavakadya
    vasina kodzero. Chirongwa ichi chikabudira, zvoreva kuti, vetting unvetted inogona kubudirira. Gukurahundi, zvinonzi vanhu 20000 kana kudarika vakafa panguva iyi. Zvakanyatsotanga seyi? Uye mapato api akakonzeresa? Mafungiro angu, mapato aya ngaaite wongororo dzakazara, ozogara pasi navose vane kodzero poitwa hurukuro, potaurwa chokwadi, uye chokwadi chizere. Nyaya iyi yogadziriskwa yopera mune zvakanaka. Zvisineyi iri inorwadza nekusuwisa zvikuru.

  2. I think the President should listen to their grievances and try to resolve this issue. I know he has a lot on his hands at the moment but has to be looked into. He should not rush to do these issues. That’s why we are still talking about Gukurahundi. Put the right knowledgable people to do all these enquiries. All overall the world they are done under political pressure and then redone again which is a waste of taxpayers’ money.

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