War veterans have demanded that their children should get jobs even if they do not possess the requisite qualifications. They also demanded proportional representation in Parliament.
The ex-combatants in Chiredzi presented their grievances to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and War Veterans led by Chiredzi South legislator Kalisto Gwanetsa.
A hearing was conducted at Chitsanga Hall in Tshovani Township last week to look into the welfare of the former liberation fighters. A war veteran, Savious Baloyi said:
As war veterans we want our children to benefit also. They have been denied a lot of chances.
So we demand that even if they do not have any qualifications they should be employed in any position.
No one should ask for any certificates from them. They should just employ them.
As part of our compensation, we also want mining claims where experts are employed and we get all the proceeds because we are uneducated.
Another war veteran, Jerry Masiya demanded that they should be granted proportional representation in Parliament. He said:
Although I am not saying it is bad to have women in Parliament through proportional representation, I feel as war veterans we should also be granted that quota.
We should also be exempted from paying duty whenever we import vehicles and other goods.
War veterans complained about the shortage of cash as they are unable to access their pensions.
They called for police officers to deal with people selling cash on the streets and bemoaned the corruption deeply embedded in illegal cash dealing.