War collaborators demand respect

HARARE - Former liberation war collaborators want to meet President Robert Mugabe to air their grievances which they say are not being given priority similar to that accorded to their war veterans counterparts.

Apparently having been angered by their minister Tshinga Dube’s statements in Parliament recently that it is difficult to classify war collaborators, they are now seeking audience with Mugabe himself.

Instead of championing their cause, the war collaborators said Dube, who is also War Veterans minister, has failed to protect them and now they are living on the fringes of society.

Often dwarfed by their vociferous fellows, the war veterans — the war collaborators have for long occupied a back seat and survived on the benevolence of Mugabe, mostly towards elections.

But now they want equal treatment to war veterans, and on Monday they told journalists through their provincial chairpersons that government should “stop treating us as inferiors”.

According to a statement released by the war collaborators they said: “We feel unprotected to fall under a ministry being led by someone who shows a lack of some of the ideas of the strategies that were applied during the liberation struggle.

“It has also been noted with great concern that you (Dube) are not channelling information concerning war collaborators through our association but through the public media which creates confusion to our members.”

The war collaborators warned Zanu PF that they will lose a number of their supporters if they continue to treat them as juniors.

“It is a feeling of the war collaborators that issues concerning their welfare are being given a casual approach, which is very dangerous to our party Zanu PF, the association has a constituency that add votes to our party Zanu PF.

They said Dube has now become the greatest enemy of war collaborators.

“A disgusting statement came from you… Dube now the substantive minister for the ministry that caters for the welfare of the membership belonging to the three freedom fighters associations, telling the august House on the 15th of June 2016 that you saw no sense in carrying out vetting programme of war collaborators as in your personal capacity you could not define a war collaborator.

“Naturally, war collaborators had banked their faith and hope in you the minister, your position requires you to represent their interest as well as defending them, instead you seem to have picked up the gun and turned it to war collaborators.”

The angry war collaborators vowed that they are going to do everything for them to meet Mugabe.

“Toda kunzwa kubva kuna president nemuromo wavo kuti vanofungei nesu (We want the president to tell us what he thinks about us).”

But Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators Association chairperson Pupurai Togarepi said he has been promised by Dube that soon a vetting process for collaborators would be conducted.

“Remember we are recognised by the Constitution, the minister is working on it and I understand the frustration from comrades what I am calling for is calm while the issue is addressed,” said Togarepi.

Comments (5)

Respect self first.

forbeska - 23 June 2016

Be Patient War Collaborators....The Ministry is to align you to the Constitution first....as per your Minister that shall-be done by mid-July 2016 started on 13th June 2016....it will-be completed by then....shew before you swallow....you Collaborators.....

silungsani ndlovu - 24 June 2016

War collabotators,war vetarans,detainees,they all have very warped minds.Everyone who was there during the time of the armed struggle whether in or outside zimbabwe played their part .So to say that certain individuals should be rewarded because u have decided to call them war "something" is mischief of high proportion.This war "something" actually emerged in the late nineties when the current regime got its ever serious challenge on its stranglehold to power.They rewarded these guys with money that was not even there and as a result the economy was gradually brought to its knees.You are nothing guys ,but objects to be used and discarded like used condoms.All this will end when this current regime is gone.Trully speaking you are not better than anyone else and the people who are using you right now know that as well.You are just like any other Zimbabwean.you dont deserve any special treatment.Just wait and see after this govt is gone which is most likely sooner than later.So start preparing yourselves for life after this regime.I am sure most of these groups are infested with opportunists.Zvazopera manje

Janana wa Bikaz - 24 June 2016

What is the true definition of a war collaborator? Is it someone who was used as a sex slave by the guerrillas during the war, those who sold out innocent civilians to guerrillas and had them killed due to jealousy etc or those who destroyed infrastructure like dip tanks and schools? my understanding is that a war collaborator is one who sought favours from guerrillas to save their skins as these guys were always high on drugs and did not think rationally and as a result were a danger to society. They acted on the spur of the moment and were poor judges of the situation. innocent people died at the hands of these morons.

Chipoto Vhaivhai - 24 June 2016

Thirty six years on these guys are still seeking recognition from Mugabe? What makes them think they will succeed when government is failing to pay its workers? Even salaries of the uniformed forces (some of whom Mugabe depends on to hold on to his stolen position) may soon run out and you think you deserve to be considered for free money. Worrying about collaborators at this stage is the least of Mugabe's concerns right now. Realistically speaking, how do we tell a genuine from a bogus collaborator, this thirty six late? Should the payment programme really begin, there will be need to account for those who died and pay their family members. Therefore this is a dream.

DR Dete - 26 June 2016

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