War vets demand pensions

A group of war veterans have demanded monthly gratuities from the government in recognition of their service in the war of liberation.

Members of the Liberation War Collaborators Association met in Mutoko on Saturday and said they were eagerly awaiting the outcome of submissions they made to the Constitution Select Committee for an act of Parliament that ensures they receive gratuities like others who participated in the liberation struggle.

ZILIWACA spokesman, Shine Chakanyuka, also said they were eager to participate in the government's indigenisation programme.

"We encourage war collaborators to form syndicates and clusters so that they benefit from the indigenisation and economic empowerment programme in sectors such as mining," Chakanyuka said.

He said the vetting process was commencing soon, and hoped the new constitution would recognise the role the war collaborators played in the liberation war.

Chakanyuka said ZILIWACA members were dying as paupers and yet they played a key role in the liberation of the country.

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