War vet­er­ans gun for seats

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Ti­no­muda Chakanyuka Se­nior Re­porter

WAR vet­er­ans have been chal­lenged to con­test for of­fice in next year’s gen­eral elec­tions.

Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion (ZNLWVA) Bu­l­awayo chair­per­son Cde Cephas Ncube said war vet­er­ans as­pir­ing for of­fice should pre­pare their CVs and sub­mit them to the pro­vin­cial of­fice.

Cde Ncube was speak­ing at a ZNLWVA spe­cial emer­gency gen­eral meet­ing held at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pro­vin­cial of­fices in En­tum­bane in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day. He was how­ever, quick to cau­tion the war vet­er­ans as­pir­ing for of­fice not to flout the party’s rules by en­gag­ing in early cam­paigns.

Zanu-PF has warned party mem­bers as­pir­ing for of­fice against start­ing cam­paign­ing early be­fore the party gives the green light.

“Let’s go and con­test for Par­lia­men­tary and coun­cil seats. Some of us here don’t want to con­test say­ing it is ex­pen­sive, but the rev­o­lu­tion has no price. You can never put a price tag on a guer­rilla. When one of us, a guer­rilla has en­tered the race, let’s sup­port that per­son. That is one way we will stop mal­con­tents from in­fil­trat­ing the party,” he said.

Cde Ncube added: “Those that want to con­test, you can start pre­par­ing your CVs, bring them to the of­fice and you can be as­sisted to spruce it up. When the time comes you will then sub­mit your CVs to the rel­e­vant of­fices.

“We must how­ever, not breach party rules and start cam­paign­ing. The dates will be an­nounced and when that has hap­pened you can sub­mit your CVs. For now just pre­pare your pa­pers and send them to me,” he said.

Cde Ncube said war vet­er­ans should not let the gains of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle slip through their fin­gers by let­ting op­po­si­tion par­ties take power from the rul­ing party Zanu-PF.

“If as a revo­lu­tion­ary party we lose these elec­tions, com­ing back will be a strug­gle be­cause these re­ac­tionar­ies will make sure they fin­ish us up for good. Let us not let that hap­pen,” he said.

The meet­ing also saw war vet­er­ans air­ing their con­cerns with the is­sue of dis­abil­ity com­pen­sa­tion tak­ing cen­tre stage. War vet­er­ans said they were be­ing paid a flat $70 as dis­abil­ity com­pen­sa­tion re­gard­less of the de­gree of one’s dis­abil­ity. Cde Ncube promised to take the mat­ter up with Wel­fare Ser­vices for War Vet­er­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors, For­mer Po­lit­i­cal De­tainees and Restrictees Min­is­ter Cde Tshinga Dube with the view of hav­ing the com­pen­sa­tion paid in pro­por­tion to one’s de­gree of dis­abil­ity.

The war vet­er­ans also be­moaned lack of sup­port from lo­cal po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in Bu­l­awayo when bury­ing their col­leagues at the pro­vin­cial he­roes’ acre. One for­mer war fighter only iden­ti­fied as Cde Ndlovu said: “When we bury our fel­low war vet­er­ans, no min­is­ter from this part of the coun­try at­tends, we don’t get po­lice es­cort . . . Is this the trend ev­ery­where else or it is just hap­pen­ing here in Bu­l­awayo?” he asked.

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