Milking Zimbabwe Dry: Council To Allocate Stands To War Vets’ Children

Children of war veterans in Chiredzi town have been allocated 20 stands to erect market stalls at Melbourne Park.

The move comes after children of the ex-combatants called for recognition from the council by way of stands.

This adds to a long list of the perks that comes with being a veteran or a child of a veteran of Zimbabwe’s war of independence.

After demobilisation at the end of the war in 1980, the war veterans were offered jobs of their choice, pensions, free medical aid, state-assisted funerals, school fees for their children and farms.

Chiredzi Town Council vice-chairperson, Ropafadzo Makumire told a full council meeting on Monday that the local authority has allocated the land to the children of the war veterans.

Meanwhile, United Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Josphat Tizirai said the children of war veterans should follow the same procedures of going on the waiting list to acquire stands.

Council chairman Gibson Hwende said the war veterans’ children made an application and council had secured the land. Said Hwende:

This is historical, they applied for land so that they will be recognized as children of war veterans. We have identified land for them in Melbourne Park.

Council secretary Charles Muchatikwa said the beneficiaries will pay for the stands.

In September last year, war veterans demanded that the government award them honorary degrees for their role in the liberation struggle.

Here are some of the demands made by war veterans in recent years:

  1. University degrees
  2. Tax rebates for their suppliers
  3. Pension
  4. Medical and dental care
  5. Educational Assistance
  6. Funeral Assistance
  7. Gratuity
  8. Clear categorization of the Veterans of the Liberation Struggle members
  9. Tax and Duty exemption
  10. Quota system in Parliament and all government institutions and agencies
  11. Automatic promotion of serving veterans of the liberation struggle in State institutions
  12. Diplomatic passports
  13. Bravery medals and new identity cards
  14. Compensation of war victims and veterans of the liberation struggle living with disabilities

More: Masvingo Mirror

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