The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) has blamed senior civil servants of working against the improvement of their welfare.
The also blamed former President Robert Mugabe for removing them from the government soon after independence in 1980.
Speaking to reporters in Harare on Monday, ZNLWA secretary-general, Douglas Mahiya demanded that the government awards war veterans a cushioning allowance as was done with civil servants. He said:
We have gathered here again to look at our welfare. Not much has been done ever and this is caused by people serving in government.
I want to tell you that in 1980 when we returned from the war the former regime, the former President (Mugabe) then removed us from the political structures and other people took over and those are the people that are making decisions today.
There are people in the civil service who would not want to see the President improve relations with the war veterans and our welfare is not being looked at. We don’t understand why it is not being looked at all.
Other sectors like the private sector and civil servants have been cushioned; war veterans have not been cushioned. War veterans are surviving on US$0,48c a day. Nothing has been done.
NewsDay sources suggest that the war veterans are pushing for the retirement of top civil servants who are thought to be sympathetic to President Mugabe.