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HARARE, Dec 3 — President Robert Mugabe says the government will consider setting up either a department or full-fledged Ministry to cater for veterans of Zimbabwe’s liberation war now that they are organized.

Addressing newly elected leaders of the war veterans who had come to introduce themselves to him at the the ruling Zanu- PF party headquarters here Tuesday ahead of the party’s 6th national people’s conference
which begins Thursday, the president said now that the veterans were organized, the government could recognize them.

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Associations recently voted out the former executive led by Jabulani Sibanda which had been in office for 11 years. Sibanda was on Tuesday granted bail in a case in which he is accused of undermining the authority of the President.

The new executive, led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Christopher Mutsvangwa, briefed President Mugabe on recent developments in the association, which fully supported his candidature as Zanu-PF First
Secretary.

President Mugabe said the re-organized war veterans association stood to benefit more from his government. “Well, yes on our side I know there has been omission, sins of omission and commission. But on your part also, you have been disorganized. But I hope this exercise brings most of you together,” the president said.

“If you are solidly organized and we solidly recognize you then why should not that recognition also show. Then we could have either a department or a Ministry that takes care of you. I cannot just establish a Ministry with people who are divided.”

President Mugabe said apart from land, war veterans were entitled to full recognition because of their contribution towards the liberation of Zimbabwe from British colonial rule. “You have the right to demand even that recognition which is yours. Not just yourself. You did a tremendous sacrifice on your part, lost
opportunities which others might have taken advantage of, limited as they were,” he said.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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