Endless milking: Council to allocate stands to war vets’ children

Increase Gumbo

Chiredzi – It appears like Zimbabwe’s war veterans went to war so that they will become special citizens among their own people.

After getting demobilization at the end of the war, jobs of their choice, pensions, free medical aid, state assisted funerals, school fees for their children and farms, war veterans have not ended there.

In the once rich sugarcane town in the marginalized southern district of Chiredzi, war veterans’ children have won special recognition. They are being allocated stands for merely being the offspring of people who crossed the border into Mozambique in the late 70s’.

Chiredzi Town Council vice chairperson, Ropafadzo Makumire told a full council meeting on Monday that the local authority is allocating 20 stands to children of war veterans to erect market stalls at Melbourne Park in the town.

United Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Josphat Tizirai however said that though they are war vet children, they should follow the same procedures of going on the waiting list to acquire stands.

The move comes after children of the war vets called for recognition from council by way of stands.

Council chairman Gibson Hwende said the war veterans’ children made an application and council had secured the land.

“This is historical, they applied for land so that they will be recognized as children of war veterans. We have identified land for them in Melbourne Park,” said Hwende.

Council secretary Charles Muchatikwa said the beneficiaries will pay for the stands.

“We will see what they are going to pay but they will have to lease the land from council,” said Muchatukwa.

The town Planner , Consider Kubiku said it was the wish of the council to include other people in the scheme but this is not possible because land is not enough.

One of the children of the war veteran expressed gratitude for the stands.

“We are happy that council has heeded our plight as war vet children. Lately we have been left out of all programs yet our fathers fought for the freedom of the country,” said innocent Munowenyu. https://masvingomirror.com

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