Matemadanda Calls For War Vets' Financial Inclusion In Mainstream Economy
Secretary-general of the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association, Victor Matemadanda, who is also the Deputy Minister of Defence, on Wednesday called for the financial inclusion of war veterans in the country’s economic affairs. Matemadanda met with the Central Bank Officials in Bulawayo were he made the remarks. He said
What makes other people think war veterans are withdrawn from main activities of the economy and so forth is that when war veterans left assembly points after the liberation war, they came back to the country with nothing and have been suffering ever since. They found themselves with no control over everything. They came back beggars. This is the sad story of war veterans, and that is why we are calling for the financial inclusion of ex-combatants in the running of the country’s economic affairs.
In response to the war veterans’ request, RBZ deputy governor, Kupukile Mlambo said
The government inherited a number of economic challenges that it has to first fix. We need to deal with what has got us to a position of the economic meltdown and to live within our means. There are no free funds if any (sic) they can be in the form of loans that have to be paid back.
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