Tuesday, 15 November 2016

WAR VETS MEETING FULL STATEMENT

THE MINISTRY OF WELFARE SERVICES FOR WAR VETERANS, WAR COLLABORATORS, EX POLITICAL DETAINEES AND RESTRICTEES, TODAY, HELD A MEETING WITH THE TOP MANAGEMENT OF THE ZIMBABWE NATIONAL LIBERATION WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION IN THE MINISTRY’S BOARDROOM AT BATANAI GARDENS.


THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING WAS TO DISCUSS AND REACH UNDERSTANDINGS ON VARIOUS ISSUES CONCERNING THE WELFARE OF WAR VETERANS, THEIR PERCEPTIONS ON THE STATE OF THE PARTY, THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PARTY, LEADERSHIP AND STRUCTURAL ISSUES AND TO WORK OUT A WAY FORWARD.
PRESENT WERE THE FOLLOWING:
MINISTER(CHAIRING)
PERMANENT SECRETARY
CHAIRMAN OF THE ZNLWVA AND 6 MEMBERS OF HIS EXECUTIVE
DIRECTORS AND DEPUTIES FROM THE PARTY’S WAR VETERANS DEPARTMENT AND COMMISSARIAT DEPARTMENT
PRINCIPAL DIRECTORS AND OTHER SENIOR MANAGERS OF THE MINISTRY
THE MEETING DISCUSSED ALL THE ISSUES IN A FRANK AND OPEN MANNER. DETAILS WILL BE REPORTED TO THE PRINCIPALS IN BOTH GOVERNMENT AND THE PARTY FOR THE NECESSARY DECISIONS TO BE TAKEN.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE MAIN POINTS THAT CAME TO LIGHT:
1. THE WAR VETERANS REAFFIRMED THEIR STATUS AS REVOLUTIONARIES, ASSERTING THEIR UNWAVERING LOYALTY TO ZIMBABWE, THE REVOLUTIONARY PARTY ZANU PF AND ITS ORIGINAL AND AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP.
2. THEY ASSERTED THAT THE CURRENT MANNER IN WHICH THE PARTY IS BEING RUN IS DRIVING THEM AWAY BECAUSE THEY SEE THE PARTY AS HAVING BEEN HIJACKED AWAY FROM THE ETHOS AND IDEALS OF THE LIBERATION STRUGGLE. IN THIS REGARD, THEY EXPRESSED CLEARLY THAT IF THESE ISSUES ARE NOT ADDRESSED URGENTLY THE ENEMY’S PRONOUNCED INTENTIONS OF EFFECTING REGIME CHANGE FROM WITHIN WILL MANIFEST.

3. THEY SAW THE CURRENT RIFT BETWEEN THE PARTY AND THE WAR VETERANS AS BEING ORCHESTRATED FROM WITHIN THE PARTY BY ELEMENTS WHO ARE DETERMINED TO DESTROY THE PARTY FROM WITHIN AT THE BEHEST OF THE ARCHITECTS OF REGIME CHANGE.

4. THEY WENT FURTHER, ONCE AGAIN, TO UNEQUIVOCALLY DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM BOTH THE BLUE OCEAN DOCUMENT AND THE COMMUNIQUE OF 21 JULY 2016. IN THIS RESPECT, THEY DISMISSED ATTEMPTS TO ATTRIBUTE THE AUTHORSHIP AND DISTRIBUTION OF THESE DOCUMENTS TO THE ZNLWVA AS PART OF A BROADER STRATEGY TO DRIVE A WEDGE WITH THE WAR VETERANS WHO ARE THE HISTORICAL STALWARTS OF THE PARTY.

5. THE ZNLWVA ASSOCIATION DEMANDED FAIR AND EQUAL TREATMENT OF ALL PARTY MEMBERS AND CADRES WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR REGARDLESS OF RANK.

6. THE MINISTRY RESPONDED BY REAFFIRMING ITS EXECUTIVE MANDATE TO ORGANISE AND UNIFY THE VETERANS OF THE LIBERATION STRUGGLE. THE DESIRED END STATE BEING A UNIFIED, ORGANISED, RESPONSIBLY LED AND LOYAL FRATERNITY OF VETERANS OF THE LIBERATION STRUGGLE WHICH IS IN A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PARTY AND ITS LEADERSHIP FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE WHOLE NATION AND PROSPERITY OF ALL ZIMBABWEANS.

7. THE CASCADING OF WAR VETERANS STRUCTURES WITHIN THE PARTY, THUS MAINSTREAMING THEM IN NATIONAL POLITICS, IS NOT TARGETED AT SURPLANTING THE ZIMBABWE NATIONAL LIBERATION WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION.

8. THE MEETING AGREED TO CONDEMN CORRUPTION IN ALL ITS FORMS AND, THEREFORE, TO POINT AT WHAT WAR VETERANS SEE AS A NEXUS BETWEEN CORRUPT ELEMENTS WITHIN THE PARTY AND THOSE WHO ARE DRIVING THEM OUT OF THE PARTY.

9. DETAILS OF THE CONTENT AND OUTCOMES OF THIS IMPORTANT MEETING WILL BE COMMUNICATED TO RELEVANT AUTHORITIES.

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