Veterans of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle want the government to establish a bank exclusively for them where they can borrow money for self-help projects.
This was revealed by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Defence and War Veterans Affairs Mark Marongwe when he appeared before the parliamentary portfolio committee on defence to speak on the 2020 budget last week. He said:
Women have their own bank, which was established for them, but if you look at the war heroes that fought in the liberation struggle they are not well funded in terms of self-help projects and there is need for financing to be availed so that there can be a war veterans bank where they can borrow money for self-help project.
War veterans have been making endless demands over the years, ranging from gratuities in cash, farms, posts in the ruling ZANU PF party, free passes at toll gates, among other demands.
However, in this instance, their demand was supported by the parliamentary committee whose report also recommended that the ex-combatants be given more land and be exempted from taxes.