Widows want pay out

Widows of the country’s liberation war heroes want the government to pay them salaries for the work done by their husbands during the liberation struggle.

This came out at a meeting held by the Manicaland Widows of The War Veterans Association (MWWVA), many of them destitute, in Mutare’s rural district last week. The spokesperson of the group, Memory Zvidzai, said as the widows of the late war veterans, they were concerned by Zanu (PF)’s failure to give them their husband’s pensions, to which they are entitled.

The widows also accused Zanu (PF) leadership of forgetting them.

“It is very disheartening that the contribution made by our husbands towards attaining the country’s independence has been swept under the carpet as the government is failing to give us living wages for survival,” said Zvidzai. “All along, Zanu (PF) has been promising to provide us with some pensions, but we are not getting them.” The widows also lambasted Zanu (PF) for using the names of liberation fighters as campaign material.

“It is painful that they are using the names of our husbands during their campaign rallies. They are using the heroism of our husbands to get into power. It is unfair because we are languishing in poverty,” said Zvidzai.

The widows said they would soon meet Manicaland Governor Chris Mushowe to ask him to take their concerns to President Robert Mugabe.

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