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Government reiterates commitment to improving war veterans’ livelihoods

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Government reiterates commitment to improving war veterans’ livelihoods

Story by Peter Chivhima

GOVERNMENT has reiterated its commitment to the well-being of veterans of the liberation struggle and their dependents.

The matter took centre stage this Friday when the Minister of Veterans of the Liberation Struggle, Honorable Monica Mavhunga met with war veterans and heroes’ dependents assistance boards in Harare.

Minister Mavhunga said the well-being of veterans of the liberation struggle remains top priority.

“As you hold this meeting, it is crucial that you remain mindful of the unique challenges facing our veterans and heroes’ dependents, particularly as they age. Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our nation, and it is our duty to ensure that they are able to age gracefully with the dignity and respect they deserve. This includes not only providing for the needs of the veterans themselves, but also extending our care and support to their dependents and surviving spouses. By prioritising the welfare and economic empowerment of our veterans, their families and heroes’ dependents, we not only honour their sacrifices, but also ensure that their legacy lives on for generations to come. It is through our collective efforts that we will impart invaluable lessons to the younger generation, instilling in them a profound sense of gratitude, patriotism, and respect for those who have served before them,” she said.

She also gave an update on the vetting process of illegible non-combatants and war collaborators of the liberation struggle, “We have been allocated over ZiG 40 billion to complete the mopping excise. We are expecting to start soon.”

The vetting process of non-combatants and war collaborators started in 2022 to identify illegible beneficiaries.