Remain united in defence of the gains of independence, war veterans urged

By Kenias Chivuzhe

War veterans have been challenged to be on the lookout for those seeking to divide freedom fighters to weaken the ruling party and reverse the gains of the liberation struggle.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa who is also the Women’s League Secretary for Administration, has implored war veterans to be on guard against reactionary forces that seek to bring discord within the ruling party.

Minister Mutsvangwa who was speaking on the sidelines of a Women’s League Outreach Programme in Mutare this Sunday, says President Emmerson Mnangagwa has shown commitment to improving the welfare of war veterans.

“We have the president who even 40 years later is prioritising war veterans’ issues and welfare. He looked into the War Veterans Bill as well as advocating for the start of projects to improve the welfare of war veterans. The issues of war veterans were largely not looked into by the first republic, but there was only lip service.

“The President is seized with the issue of war veterans and war collaborations among other groups that participated in the liberation struggle. Every cabinet meeting the President talks of the need for war veterans’ projects to be given priority. Some people listen to people who want to promote discord within the party,” she said.

Minister Mutsvangwa added: “The president is concerned about the welfare of war veterans be it farming, mining, hospitals and school fees. As war veterans, let us never allow anybody to divide us. The war was a success due to discipline and hence we should be more vigilant. We should be proud of the league and it should not cause divisions. It was established not to divide war veterans but to unite them.”

Senator Mutsvangwa blasted opposition forces who use misinformation as a strategy to gain political mileage while discrediting successful government programmes.

She said: “There are other people who are thrive on lying like Nelson Chamisa who went to Zambia and when asked about the government-led vaccination programme’s progress, he stated that government is not vaccinating people. He also lied that all the vaccines are donated. The country is buying vaccines to reach heard immunity. Already, US$100 million has been directed towards procurement of vaccines.”

President Mnangagwa is credited for stabilising the economy and investing in economic enablers that include construction of roads, dams and power generation, among other infrastructure development projects.