Sunday, 12 June 2016

War vets lucky and "grateful" for $6.4 m fees for 43 000 vs $80 m for globe-trotting for one (1). By Nomusa Garikai

Given the country’s worsening economic meltdown it is not surprising that government is struggling to raise $6.4 million, school fees of war veterans’ 43 000 children. The fact that the regime has had no problems, at least so far, in raising $80 million for the first five months alone to pay for President Mugabe’s globe-trotting escapades, says a lot about the regime’s warped priorities. What is both shocking and disappointing is that the war veterans are themselves are going along with this charade and blissfully unaware the system is falling apart.  


"We are in the process of receiving money from Treasury as part of US$6,4 million billing per term. Some of the funds are already reflecting in our account,” Secretary for Welfare Services for War Veterans, glibly told the Sunday Mail.



"We are finalising clearing the remaining arrears for first term with schools that hold other accounts since we first dealt with account holders in banks such as POSB, Cabs and CBZ where the majority of our members are banked.

"Most parents are grateful with the work we have done so far, but we feel there is need to increase our pace so that children are not inconvenienced due to late payment of school fees. We plead with schools not to turn away children from attending lessons for non-payment of fees."



Really! Has it ever occurred to anyone of these war veterans why so many of them are now totally dependent on welfare hand-out?  Indeed they are luck to get the welfare hand-outs with unemployment a nauseating 90% millions of ordinary Zimbabweans are living in abject poverty and are getting no school fees and any State welfare assistance.



The very fact that 76% of our people are destitute is surely proof that President Mugabe and his Zanu PF regime has failed to deliver mass prosperity he has promised repeatedly throughout the years. The ordinary people did not elect this Zanu PF regime into power, President Mugabe impose the regime on the nation and the war veterans have played a major role as the tyrant’s storm troopers in this imposition. The war veterans should surely have woken up now to the reality that the de facto one-party dictatorship they helped to create has failed them and the nation at large.



Who would have thought that the nation went to war fighting to end white colonial oppression and exploitation only to become a nation of economic destitute who are denied their basic freedoms and human rights including the right to a meaningful free and fair vote and the right to life. To add insult to injury it is none other than the war veterans who risked all for independence who are being used by the oppressive and tyrannical regime to do its dirty of oppressing the people.



The war veterans have become the Napoleon’s dogs in Gorge Orwell his Animal Farm. The war veterans are not economically any better off than the rest of the population;  the school fees the regime is paying is no more than a bone Napoleon throw at his dogs to gnaw! People like Tapfumaneyi are clearly very pleased with the generosity of the regime!


Who would have thought being naïve and ignorant can be both a curse and a blessing; a curse in that the nation has blundered from one crisis to into the next and for 36 years have sunk deeper and deeper into poverty and hopeless despair. But because of our blinding ignorance we have remained blissfully unaware of what the alternative would have been and thus spared the heartbreak.


Chaos is not so disappointing if chaos is all one knows and expect in life! “Most parents are grateful with the work we have done so far!” Of course they will be grateful of the little mercies; they are grateful the school fees payments have not been reduced and then finally stopped; they expect it to happen and know it will happen very soon.


  1. President Mugabe has always gone for people like Simon Muzenda, Joice Mujuru, Emerson Mnangagwa, Syden Sekeramai, etc. the most dull people he could find to be his co-leaders. He has done the same thing in promoting the brain dead war veteran leaders. Ours has been a rat race to the bottom and we have sank like a stone!

    You are right; "chaos is not so disappointing if chaos is all one knows and expect in life!" Idiots like Tapfumaneyi are eternally grateful for the bone the master throws at him just as Mnangagwa has been grateful grovelling to Mugabe and grateful for whatever position the tyrant gave him and did all the tasks set for him regardless how dirty and demeaning they happen to be. These individual have sort nothing else because they have never imagined a better world than the corrupt and chaotic world their lord and master, Mugabe, decreed for them.

    In this day and age, they were able to see what else was possible but thei closed their eyes to everything just as long as they got their bone thrown at them.

    The real challenge for the nation is for the people to refuse to accept the lies and propaganda Mugabe has spread that a corrupt and disfunctional Zimbabwe is the best we can ever aspire for!

  2. The regime rigged the 2013 elections after all the promised assurance by MDC leaders that the elections would be free and fair. The ease with which they rigged gave the ordinary people the impression that Zanu PF is invincible it is foolhardy to take on the regime especial for one living in the rural area who can be singled out for refusing to attend a party rally, You should blame MDC for failing to heed the warning of holding elections without implementing the reforms first. The ordinary people are the victims of a corrupt and tyrannical regime that has betrayed them and an equally corrupt and incompetent opposition that sold-out!

  3. The economic meltdown is getting worse not better; this is the one thing he cannot rig.

    "Cash shortages are being faced across the board by our people who cannot easily access their sav-ings or earnings. You might have deposited money in the bank, you have savings in the bank, but there is no money. But this is a temporary problem which should be behind us soon, sooner rather than later," the frail looking Mugabe said.

    ZimAsset is dead and buried the economic meltdown is not going away just because some tyrant said so. He can start pumping some of the looted $15 billion diamond revenue but even that will not end the meltdown.