War vets to earn $500 per month

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 | 7722 views

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Robin Muchetu, Senior Reporter
THE Government is working on plans to increase monthly allowances for war veterans from about $200 per month to $500 as it also emerged that it has already reviewed the funeral cover for the former freedom fighters from $800 to $2 000.

Addressing a meeting organised by the Zimbabwe National War Veterans Association Bulawayo Province at the ex-fighters offices in Entumbane yesterday, the Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Detainees and Restrictees, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube, said what the war veterans were earning as pension was too little and his ministry has already presented a proposal so that it is increased to $500 per month.

“The pension you are getting is too little. We are advocating that it be increased to at least $500 which will enable you to get a little more than you are getting now. We know the $500 is also not enough but it will go a long way as some of you are getting just over $100 each month,” he said.

Rtd Col Dube said the Government has already agreed to review funeral cover for war veterans.

“It has been agreed that the funds for the assistance for burial of a war veteran be increased from $800 to $2 000 so that burial is done in a proper manner. This has already been agreed upon and will start immediately,” he said.

The minister, however, said for the smooth running of business in the provinces, there should be decentralisation of finances.

“It is a wise idea to have funds in the provincial coffers for smooth flow of activities. When everything is done in Harare there can be delays especially when we are dealing with death as death does not give a warning, it comes suddenly and people need the money immediately,” said Rtd Col Dube.

He said all the people who were involved in the liberation struggle must come together and form one association.

“Before, we had the different categories that were called collaborators, restrictees and ex-detainees, widows and so on but that has changed as we will all be recognised as Veterans of the Liberation Struggle so that we encompass everyone under that name despite the role you played during the war.

Some people who were refugees and cooks are being looked down upon yet they played a pivotal role in the war. We have some who never trained due to the limitation of resources but they had roles that they played and they must be respected,” he said.

Rtd Col Dube said renegade groups of war veterans were free to form their own associations and stop causing problems within Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Associatio (ZNLWVA).

“When people defect from a grouping they should look for a new name not to use our name and cause problems. Joice Mujuru is no longer with Zanu-PF and is now going under a new name and not Zanu-PF. These defectors must find a new name for themselves and we know they are being sponsored by other forces,” he said.

He said war veterans should show leadership to youths. War veterans at the meeting said they were being overlooked in programmes such as allocation of stands which are doled out to mostly the youths. They also told Rtd Col Dube that they wanted a quota for their children who qualify to train as teachers at institutions such as the United College of Education and central hospitals like Mpilo for those who want to go for nursing.

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  • silungisn

    Its really for those who sacrificed their lives to free Zimbabweans from the yoke of the Rhodies…i know clearly that the the Former Smith REGIME and the SELLOUT ROAMING THE STREET OF HARARE will distort the planned deal….Zimbabweans Warveterans are not respected because the suffering they facing….these Cadres are wallowing in poverty……this proposed Salary will sustain their lives….respect will come their way from the entire Zimbabweans population who are really Zimbos…..

  • Obert

    As they will be doing nothing for this money, they cannot be “Earning”it , they will just be “Paid” it, and continue the destruction of the economy. The war veterans have had so much before now, they do not deserve this as well.

  • Furios

    They need to be respected or they demand to be paid for being war veterans for fighting for their own liberation.Who is not a war veteran after what we all went through during the war.They wete given lump sums initally years ago $50 000 zim dollars each which had so much value then and they squandered it.Thats the money that destroyed the economy,giving so much money to genuine war vets and fake ones who were corruptly put in the scheme and they are still called war vets up to now,they talk of vetting,vetting what its all corruption thst has grown a big bearded head in this unrepenting nation that is driven by greed and gluttony sies.All they think about is money,money,money….and more money why not give land to work and be productive is it not what they fought for did they leave their homes to go and fight for money orthe liberation of the country.Who ever promised these war vetrans money before they went to war made a very big mistake because all they will ever sing about is money.Their minister also is busy not even realising that the economy is down on its knees if they are what they claim to be true war veterans why don’t they fight for the dead economy by working on the land to produce something to get the money that they are hungry for.They cabt do that because most of them are lazy and want to reap were they did not sow how long will they continue to milk a starving,dry cow instead of first feeding it.They are not the only people in financial problems civil servants have worked for so many years now with no increament and not getting paid according to their grades, they are not crying about money all the time but they continue to soldier on with hope for a better future.You hear someone who spends the whole day idling around cying for an increament for doing what?! Sikhathele ngani lonke ngo kungabi lozwelo lesihawu liyizihwaba eziphangayo!!Why didnt they get the lump sums they got as a once off payment.Every citizen needs that money everyone went through something traumatic during the war why is their issue now like a special issue.Their childeren school fees is paid for but they continue to complain.Who pays the school fees of childern of masses of people who are unemployed.If they are to get such selfish,inconsiderate and insensitive increaments lets have grants for all unemployed people and free education for all.If they really fought for the people of zimbabwe then let the people see the benefit of their ever talked about fighting.The other thing is that their Dube minister is up to no good and he is well aware that the real war vets are not benefitting thst is if they are still alive or,he is busy representing a group made up of facades….Zimbabweans we doomed…….Lets us all pray every day an answer will come…

  • Mthwakazi

    They are already campaigning for 2018 elections. The war vets wnforfall for that propaganda.

  • Ton van Der Parker

    How can they earn $500 for not contributing to the economy? The nurses, Doctors, teachers and other civil servants are getting peanuts yet the government is going to find money to pay none productive people. Pensioners who contributed a lot to the economy are also getting peanuts. If the government is going to pay the war vets that amount then all the civil servants must get $US1000 per month. The government can not claim they have no money while they are trying to please the war vets. Let everyone get paid properly