War Vets To Meet This Wednesday Over Economic Crisis
Christopher Sibanda, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) Bulawayo provincial spokesperson is reported to have confirmed a war veterans’ Wednesday meeting. The NewsDay reports that the meeting shall deliberate the economic crisis that has eroded their monthly pensions.
The ex-combatants are believed to be demanding other things, a review of their monthly gratuities which have been rendered worthless by the soaring inflation.
Speaking to the NewsDay, Sibanda said:
We have an urgent meeting starting early on the day. All ex-combatants including ex-detainees, war collaborators and others are expected to attend the meeting.
The publication also reports that Fredrick Ngombe led a group of war veterans in December and approached president Emmerson Mnangagwa over their bonuses. It is believed that they wanted them to be raised to about ZWL$2 000.
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War veterans were in 1997 given ZW$50 000 each as compensation for their war efforts and injuries sustained at the battlefront. Some argue that the move marked the demise of the Zimbabwean economy since it had not been budgeted for.