Govt Not Scrapping War Vet Benefits Amid Financial Crisis

Govt Not Scrapping War Vet Benefits Amid Financial Crisis
Published: 2016 September 15 06:01:09 (2558 Views)


Government has announced that war veterans benefits will not be scraped off, amid an attempt to cut civil servant salaries and annual bonuses.

Recently Finance Minister Chinamasa has been lambasted by the President Mugabe administration for "suggesting" to trim civil servants salaries and freeze annual bonuses in a bid to cut treasury expenditure.

War Veterans’ minister Tshinga Dube yesterday said none of the benefits due to the ex-freedom fighters would be terminated.

“The Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Political Detainees and Restrictees is there to administer benefits to all veterans who would have undergone vetting and admitted as such in terms the War Veterans’ Act,” Dube said.

“The ministry will not, under any circumstances, suspend benefits they are entitled to, unless if there are any reasons, which restrict the ministry from doing so in terms of the Constitution and the War Veterans Act.”

The war veterans benefit has been accused of burdening treasury with extravagant expenses.

The ZNLWVA has been entangled in a leadership crisis following the expulsion of Mutsvangwa and part of his executive from Zanu PF.

Zanu PF has on numerous occasions tried to resolve the leadership crisis following the formation of a splinter faction led by Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene.

Dube yesterday also said his office would not get entangled in the leadership squabbles bedeviling the association, as it had its own constitution that guides its operations.

“The issue of leadership in the association is not my mandate. My ministry’s mandate is purely administrative and does not extend to the appointment of leaders in the association. The association is an independent organisation, which has its own constitution that guides them on appointments and expulsions,” he said.






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