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Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association national chairman Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa has called for an end to lawlessness among ex-freedom fighters and urged them to be disciplined. Cde Mutsvangwa, who is also the Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, former Political Detainees and Restrictees, said he would not tolerate war veterans taking the law into their own hands and tarnishing the name of the organisation.

Addressing war veterans, war collaborators and ex-detainees from Masvingo’s seven districts recently, Cde Mutsvangwa said ex-freedom fighters were now represented at the highest level in Government and the Zanu-PF Politburo and must follow the right channels when facing problems.

He paid tribute to President Mugabe for creating a stand-alone ministry to deal with war veterans, war collaborators and ex-detainees.

“I want to make it clear that there are many things that are in the offing for war veterans right now and what we need to do is to be disciplined.

“President Mugabe has already assured war veterans of a lot of assistance but he wanted you to be organised first,” he said.

“You should not take the law into your own hands. You are now represented at the highest level in Cabinet and the Politburo which means your problems can now easily reach the highest office in the land easily.

“Even if you are offended, do not take the law into your hands and do unlawful things. Patron (President Mugabe) does not like that. We want discipline not confusion.”

Cde Mutsvangwa said lawlessness within the rank and file of war veterans tarnished the good image of the country, especially in the eyes of investors.

The war veterans leader said Zimbabwe was poised for major developments in the economic sphere in the wake of an ongoing scramble by international investors lured by the country’s vast natural resources.

He said the removal of a cabal that was plotting to oust President Mugabe from office in the run-up to the Zanu-PF December congress had left Zimbabwe’s enemies without any option save to engage the President.

“This country will never be the same again because there are a lot of investors who want to come because of the natural assets that we have. God blessed this country with a lot of minerals that are in demand the world over. Investors have no choice because they need what we have in this country,” he said.

“Some of these investors were using short cuts, using links with their corrupt allies that were in top positions in Zanu-PF and Government but there are no more short-cuts because those dirty people were removed from office. Investors were waiting on the fringes hoping that President Mugabe would be toppled but they have no option but to engage him,” said Cde Mutsvangwa.

Source : The Herald