May the real children of war vets stand up?

WAR veterans are getting fed up with people who are masquerading as their children and are going to have a meeting where every ex-combatant brings his offspring for vetting purposes.

With a membership of over 30 000 people, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) is planning a meeting that will surely be one of the biggest in the country if all the former freedom fighters turn up for the meeting with their children in tow.

Presently, there are two factions that purport to represent war veterans’ offspring, the Children of Zimbabwe War Veterans Association (Cozwa) and the Children of Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (CZNLWVA).

While Cozwa is aligned to the generation 40 (G40) faction in the Zanu PF succession wars, the CZNLWVA is aligned to the Team Lacotse camp that is pushing for vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed President Robert Mugabe.

Amid claims by different youths that they are children of war veterans and speak for their rights — ZNLWVA secretary-general Victor Matemadanda said there is need to weed out liars who claim to be their children yet they are being used by a particular faction to suppress genuine war veterans.

“War veterans are going to have a grand meeting that will be held with the veterans and their children, they are some people who are registration as children of war vets yet they are not.

“We will not have our children who will be known by the (Zanu PF political commissar Saviour) Kasukuweres, we are fighting for our children and when we have a child saying it’s fine not to have benefits then we know it is not ours,” said Matemadanda.

War veterans claim that they are owed $46 million by government — money they say is supposed to pay their children’s tuition and claim that the G40 faction is now creating stooges who will act as everything is normal.
ZNLWVA spokesperson Douglas Mahiya (pictured) described those who are creating bodies of war veterans as cowards.

“When the parent is not there they will bring their papers, they are cowards in the sense that they have failed the nation, if I am wrong let us talk but this cabal want to agree with us everywhere , that is what we have challenged them for a debate,  we will advise you on the dates.

“There are fake children of war veterans and we would like to address that, how does a child know that his father is a true war veteran when he was not in the war, these children were not there,” said Mahiya.

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