Govt prepared to assist Zipra combatants

DEFENCE and War Veterans deputy minister Victor Matemadanda last week said the government was prepared to assist former Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (Zipra) combatants establish projects that would sustain them and their families.

BY SILAS NKALA

Speaking at a war veterans meeting in Bulawayo last Thursday, Matemadanda said while some elderly members of the Zipra Veterans Association had indicated that they preferred financial assistance to project financing, it was not proper.
Matemadanda said government was prepared to bankroll projects that will also benefit the ex-combatants’ children after they die.

“Some of you sometime got Z$50 000 and cannot show what you did with that money. If given the money, what if you die?
Will your children benefit? I will not tolerate the idea of saying you want money. What we want is for you to have projects which will benefit your children even after you are gone,” he said.

The deputy minister urged the former fighters to have their names registered and state the projects they wanted to pursue.

Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting, Zipra Veterans Association spokesperson Buster Magwizi, however, said government must first return several properties that were confiscated from Zapu at the height of the Gukurahundi era in the early 1980s.

“We have numerous valuable properties which we bought with our own money at independence and were taken by government in the 1980s. We still want them back. The deputy minister is talking about projects to empower war veterans, as Zipra we say why can’t they give us back our properties and assist us with capital?” he said.

Magwizi said they were appealing to President Emmerson Mnangagwa to intervene in the matter and facilitate the return of the properties confiscated under former President Robert Mugabe at the height of Gukurahundi in the early 1980s.

“Our properties case is in the courts and we are seeking to repossess them. We are asking President Mnangagwa to intervene so that we repossess our properties,” he said.

The confiscated properties owned under the Nitram Investment Holdings Company included the Castle Arms Motel and Nest Egg Building in Bulawayo, Ascot Farm in Solusi, Wood Glen Farm in Nyamandlovu and Hawton Farm in Gweru, Nijo Farm and Salisbury Motel in Harare which now houses the African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC).

Zipra fighters contributed Z$50 each at independence towards the acquisition of the properties.

7 Comments

  1. If after 38 years they still have a begging bowl out, there is no hope for them. I thought they were all integrated into the army and civil service. Too many freebees.

    1. I hope you are a Zimbabwean. You ask your father to educate you about being Zimbabwean. If you dropped from Mars, adapt.

    2. Phunyukabemphethe

      Their properties were taken over by the greedy ZANU. Grabbing other people’s hard worked for properties is what ZANU specialises in. ZIPRA would have never needed hand outs were it not for the ZANU thieves!

  2. They were integrated and hunted down, so most of them left for their own safety, but whats wrong with demanding their property back which they lawfully acquired? How does that demand constitute a freebie?

  3. you must understand that ZPRA legally acquired that property which was confiscated during state capture in 1980-81. The idea was to destroy the welfare foundation out of those properties and disenfranchise the former freedom fighters. The properties were forfeited through a draconian caveat of the state endorsed by Mugabe as prime minister and authenticated by the then president Banana.

    1. Phunyukabemphethe

      @magwizi
      Dont worry about these Laaities – these Pikininis were born yesterday. They dont even know about the confisticated properties – they just vomit ZANU nonsense. All they have known in their short lives is ZANU and nothing else. They even think the country Zimbabwe was created by ZANU. All they know about Rhodesia is what they read in distorted ZANU Books. Its called indoctrination!!

  4. Phunyukabemphethe

    @magwizi
    Dont worry about these Laaities – these Pikininis were born yesterday. They dont even know about the confisticated properties – they just vomit ZANU nonsense. All they have known in their short lives is ZANU and nothing else. They even think the country Zimbabwe was created by ZANU. All they know about Rhodesia is what they read in distorted ZANU Books. Its called indoctrination!!

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