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Zipra war vets cry foul

Politics
Former Zipra liberation war fighters have accused the government of discriminating against them when awarding the hero status.

Former Zipra liberation war fighters have accused the government of discriminating against them when awarding the hero status.

The war veterans told a public hearing conducted by the parliamentary portfolio committee for defence and security services in Bulawayo that ex-Zanla combatants were getting preferential treatment in many areas.

Former Zipra cadre Masotsha Moyo said most ex-fighters that were part of the liberation movement were routinely denied the hero status while it was an automatic honour for their Zanla colleagues.

The war veterans said a number of people buried at the National Heroes Acre did not deserve the honour.

SIBONGINKOSI MAPHOSA