Zimbabwe: government to pay war veterans bonuses in US dollars
Defense and Veterans Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri revealed liberation war veterans should receive end-of-year bonuses denominated in US dollars, a privilege not granted to officials .
The move is widely seen as aimed at appeasing the restless and easily irritable veterans of the 1970s liberation war after they recently demonstrated against their meager allowances and picketed the offices of Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube ago. two weeks to demand an upward revision.
They also protested against police officers who prevented them from storming President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s offices in Munhumutapa in Harare, where they sought to submit a petition.
Muchinguri-Kashiri, who was speaking to senior military officials at a 2022 strategic planning workshop in Kariba, said the Treasury pledged to pay ex-combatants in forex.
“Already, the Treasury has pledged to pay bonuses this year to veterans, part of which will probably be in foreign currency. Steps are also being taken to further improve benefits for veterans,” Muchinguri-Kashiri said.
âThe ministry also has the obligation to administer the social services of the veterans of the liberation struggle. And as we plan for 2022 and beyond, it’s critical for us not to leave them behind. They are an important part of our society by virtue of the sacrifices to Mother Zimbabwe from the clutches of colonial bondage, âshe said.
She said veterans welfare issues remain the government’s top priority.
âThe need for these executives to live a decent life is an absolute imperative, especially now that the majority are at dusk. Their empowerment programs must therefore be given priority. In this regard, it is noteworthy that the Ministry, to date, has succeeded in establishing a Council of Veterans of the Liberation Struggle, which was initiated by His Excellency the President (Emmerson Mnangagwa) “, t -she adds.
The launch resulted in the formation of Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Holdings, an investment vehicle that will see them participate in various economic sectors.
“Our veterans would be involved in various sectors of the economy with a view to freeing the fiscus from the restoration of their well-being.”
She also urged Muchinguri-Kashiri to take seriously his role of ensuring peace and stability in the country’s quest to achieve Vision 2030, when the economy will be upper middle class.
âRecognizing our important role in achieving the goals of Vision 2030, our short and long term goals should be in tandem with the National Development Strategy (NDS) 1 and Vision 2030. The ministry is an integral part of the achievement of Vision 2030 with the duty to provide a peaceful environment conducive to sustainable economic growth, âsaid Muchinguri-Kashiri.
âThe military and air force must be sufficiently prepared to deal with worst-case scenarios and unknown threats. The need to be prepared becomes more evident in the face of negative developments in the defense and security landscape with the emergence of new threats, including terrorism, cybersecurity and climate change, âshe said.