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ELLEN MLAMBO
CHIVHU BUREAU

MVUMA – War veterans who met the new District Administrator for Chirumanzu, Tapson Chivhanga at his offices on Thursday last week are furious with Chief Chirumanzu whom they accuse of being involved in illegal impounding of poor villagers' cattle.
About 40 war veterans attended the meeting. Most of the war veterans believed that Chirumanzu was receiving the protection of a powerful politician and the only person who can stop him from impounding villager's cattle isPresident Mugabe.
One former freedom fighter at the meeting, Leornard Shonhiwa said there were many court cases against Chief Chirumanzu and this alone should disqualify him as from being  a chief.
Shonhiwa said war veterans would soon be making moves to ensure that Chief Chirumanzu is toppled.
Another war veteran appealed to the DA to initiate disciplinary procedure against the chief who is impounding cattle from villagers who are not under his  jurisdiction.
"I am a former freedom fighter, Chief Chirumanzu is committing crimes and this issue should be addressed," said Shoniwa.Efforts to get a comment from  Chief Chirumhanzu were futile.
The war veterans also complained about their welfare which they said was only considered towards national elections. War veterans are regarded as people who completed their role .
One of the war veterans pleaded with the DA that the local authority give them land and said in some areas like Chivi, war veterans are recognised by having their houses built yet they are staying in houses that they bought.
They added that they approached the local authority and they were promised to receive 22 stands but would be on the waiting list.
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Some war veterans complained that they are not recognised at national functions neither do they get introduced to the public. One of the war veterans said they are being treated like toilet paper and called for honour from residents and government offices during important events.
They added that they are only recognised during campaign periods and when the President orders that they receive certain services there are people who try to hinder them from receiving the services.
Chivanga said he will give compiled reports to various government offices so that they may provide solutions and responses to the issues being raised by war veterans.
On the issue of land he said that he will communicate with the local authority.
He added that the local authority had informed his office that they have plans to maintain roads after the rain season.
Chivanga encouraged members of the war veterans to join sub committees of various Government departments so that they get to know their operations and have representatives in the activities of various organisations.
He also encouraged them to unite as war veterans and engage in self-generating projects so as to raise income.top story news

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