“How Much Is Really Needed To Repay War Veterans For Their Sacrifices?”

News Day has expressed concern over continued compensation to war veterans for their sacrifices during the liberation struggle. The publication observes that the government is continuously robbing future generations as resources that could be invested are now being spent on war veterans.

The publication applauds the liberation fighters and acknowledges their contribution to the country. It only observes that over appreciating them has adverse consequences to the country. The author of the article says: 

And each effort to shore up the country’s perpetual gratitude should be commended and welcome at every turn. We, however, wish to throw in a word of caution on an issue that some feel has the potential of perpetuating our misery as a nation.

These remarks come as President Emmerson Mnangagwa has decreed that the allocation of land will, with immediate effect, prioritise the war veterans.

The publication added that Mnangagwa’s decree is contrary to the ongoing land audit which intends to address underutilisation of land. This, as News Day observes was likely to stifle the agriculture sector further. The article further reads:

It’s still fresh in our minds that the same war veterans in 1997 forced government to pay them $50 000 once-off gratuities each which sent the economy into a tailspin and crushed the local currency.

News Day further suggests that unemployed graduates could help in resuscitating the economy had they been prioritised in the next round of land allocation.

More: News Day


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4 comments on ““How Much Is Really Needed To Repay War Veterans For Their Sacrifices?”


  2. The $50 000 00 given to Warveterans was sabotaged as that Lump Sum as per Zim Economist is saying the announcement of Warveterans Gratuities the Zim$ fell its Value by 71% to the US$….so that money did not work for Warveterans….The Government of Zimbabwe must do something for these Comrades who fought for the Freedom of Zimbabweans….look how the American Warveterans (Amvet) are being treated by their Government….In the UK they have the Legions look how they are treated….In Zimbabwe there is a Section that goes with the Ian Smith Regime to sabotage to sabotage the Warveterans Welfare by the Government….this Article utters rubbish on Zimbabwean WARVETERANS

  3. After the $50 000 gratuity,the farms they took ,monthly payment and a lot of irritating noise they make to determine the course of governance,what more should they continue to receive.Remember some of them are not even genuine warvets.How transparent and accurate was the vetting process considering it was done solemnly by one person-Hunzvi.

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