War vets' demands reckless: Ncube

BULAWAYO - Welshman Ncube, who leads a break-away MDC party has described as “reckless”, demands by former freedom fighters, saying if President Robert Mugabe bows down to pressure, the comatose economy will collapse further.

The nonagenarian last week met agitated war veterans in the capital where they presented a raft of challenges they were facing ranging from statutory benefits, economic empowerment to preferential treatment on economic opportunities and indigenisation.

Ncube said the war veterans were behaving like they were living on another planet, where they were not acquainted with the real challenges affecting Zimbabwe’s economy.

Taping into history, Ncube said it must not be forgotten that the two major factors that contributed to the fall of the once vibrant economy include Zimbabwe’s participation in the DRC war as well as the “out of budget” payment of Z$50 000 benefits to war veterans.

“The reckless demands are being made on an economy which is already comatose,” Ncube said.

“… as we all know that government has been unable … to pay pensions timeously for quite some time and they have been unable neither to pay salaries on time”, he said.

The MDC president said any further approval to their demands had obvious implications on the economy.

“If you then basically shock the economy again by approving a huge increase in the pensions and allowances that they already receive, there cannot be doubt that the effect on the economy will be massive and negative.

He added: “Indeed the very fact that they have been complaining that school fees is not being paid on time tells you that the economy is already under stress …”

The opposition leader said it was unfortunate that Mugabe can surprisingly approve such a request ostensibly for his political survival at the expense of the overburdened and under-performing economy.

“We know that under Mugabe’s rule, common sense, basic economics always takes the back banner to political survival and expediency,” he said.

Comments (4)

Nguwe lawe wasenza. If you had not diserted Tsvangirai we will be somewhere. The economy is dead Ncube its not in coma

dollarman - 11 April 2016

2008 Prof Ncube you acted as an ambassador for ZANU PF handing the trophy of presidency back to the cabal called matibili.

amina - 11 April 2016

Thank you Welshmen you are the very person who contributed to the collapse of zim's economy by selling out Zimbabwe to zanu pf because of a few dollars into your which Mugabe gave you.If it were that you did not sell the country to Zanu .pf valtures today Zimbabwe would be somewhere,under the MDC government.

Kurauone Chokwadi - 11 April 2016

Prof Ncube remains a sad story in Zimbabwe's political history. Could be good in the classroom and certainly not anywhere else known to date. Why should WarVets be considered reckless when they make their demands? Ncube was in Govt for five years, did he not make his demands of a ministerial Merc? Did he not make his demands for a decent salary? Did he not make his demands for a suburban Govt house? Did he not make his demand for a monthly salary? Was the economy any better? Was he reckless? Yes remaining in the press limelight could give some continued relevance to an irrelevant politician,but with all due respect, Ncube should leave the War Vets alone.Things could be different if the Prof had not weakened the MDC by forming a dead splinter group. Meet you in the lecture hall Prof, that's where you belong.

Mwenyendiani - 13 April 2016

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