Zanu (PF) reply: ‘Bunch of lies’

The Zanu (PF) leadership in Manicaland dismissed Rufuse as mentally disturbed.

Simon Makande of the district coordination committee member said: “We are tired of his utterances. He is just a desperate war veteran who wants to invite media attention for nothing. Whatever he told you are bunch of lies fit for the bin. He is trying court unnecessary media attention.

Our papers (State Papers) do not write such nonsense. It is you The Zimbabwean who write trash about Zanu (PF).” Zanu (PF) Manicaland chairman Mark Madiro was unavailable for comment. Last month the director for War Veterans’ Affairs in the Ministry of Defence, Retired Major General Richard Ruwodo, told Parliament that the families of war heroes who died before 1997 were not entitled to get any assistance because they were not physically present to prove they fought for the country.

Ruwodo told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and Home Affairs: “Our (War Veterans) Act has discrepancies in that it does not recognise war veterans who died prior to 1997 before vetting took place, this means national heroes like Tongogara are not catered for.”

The neglect of family members of war heroes has prompted the Zimbabwe Liberators’ Peace Forum (ZLPF) to demand that the coalition government appoint a minister to represent their interests.

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