Byo minister steps in as war vets fight over tomb

Heroes day celebrations 15 aug 17

Pamela Shumba, Senior Reporter
THE Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs, Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo, has warned war veterans in Bulawayo against washing their dirty linen in public following a scuffle involving the freedom fighters at the Provincial Heroes’ Acre in Nkulumane on Monday.

There was drama at the provincial shrine on Heroes’ Day when a group of ex-combatants led by Cde Cephas Ncube barred one led by Cde Roy Maphosa from laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Police had to intervene following a war of words between the two groups of war veterans over the laying of flowers.

Cde Moyo, who was at the Heroes’ Day commemorations when the incident occurred, described the war veterans’ behaviour as unbecoming, saying the heroes’ shrine is a sacred place that must be respected by everyone.

“The Heroes’ Acre is a place of respect and that is where the people who fought for this country were laid to rest. We therefore expect everyone to treat the shrine with respect, especially the war veterans. I’m disappointed that the people who claim to be cadres of the revolutionary       struggle have shown such disdain to their comrades’ resting place.

“I have warned them against washing their dirty linen in public. It’s not our culture to fight at the grave site. We all have issues but the last thing I expect is for people to fight at the Heroes’ Acre. In our culture it’s not acceptable. It was disappointing for the war veterans to fight in front of families who had come to attend the event in memory of their loved ones,” said Cde Moyo.

She added that nobody had the right to stop people from showing love and respect to their departed loved ones.

“No one has the right to stop other people from showing their love and respect to their departed loved ones. That place belongs to the State and everybody has free access as long as they respect the place.

“As Minister of State for Bulawayo, I am responsible for the Heroes’ Acre and whenever such incidents occur, it’s my duty to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I personally feel that the war veterans need to look for other places to resolve their issues, not the provincial shrine,” said Cde Moyo.

The ugly incident happened when Cde Maphosa was pushed aside by a protesting group of war veterans who chanted slogans and insulted him when he tried to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

This was after Cde Moyo and Cde Ncube had already laid the wreath on the tomb.

Cde Maphosa finally managed to lay the wreath after police intervened.

Meanwhile, Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees Minister Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube will meet war veterans in Gwanda today and in Bulawayo tomorrow.

Rtd Col Tshinga Dube confirmed the meetings, saying they will be discussing issues that affect the freedom fighters. — @pamelashumba1

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  • Gen Gowon

    What a disgrace! This reported incidence,contrasts sharply with the sombre mode which characterised the atmosphere at Lady Stanley,where Cde Dabengwa and prominent opposition political and civic leaders were present to honour General Lookout Masuku ,Brigadier Charles Grey etc who were not recognised by Zanu pf as heroes.

  • Chipoto Vhaivhai

    fighting for relevance. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkklkkkk

  • Mendeka

    Some of these people you call war vets are not even that, but hungry unscrupulous vagrants who ran to join that association for the spoils only aad all are robbers, thugs and extortionists.

    • silungisn

      Warvet are human Zimbabweans who to remove the White Minority Rule. ..these days all the Die Hard Rhodies are Celebrating the suffering of the Warveterans caused by the Mugabe Government failure to assist them in their Welfare Provisions. ..i say to you carry on insulting them. .you Son/Daughter of the Smith Regime. .

  • Wellington

    Attention seekers

  • Sazikhwama

    Does the Heroes Acre belong to war veterans. These guys should respect our liberation war heroes. They should know that heroes of the liberation struggle are buried there. You dont necessarily need to be a war veteran in order to acquire the liberation hero status. Thes guys should know that there are genuine ex=detainees, war collaborators and other persons who contributed immensely towards the liberation struggle. Its time the Gvt cut the tails of these lost bogus war veterans. Honestly speaking, how can someone prevent somebody from laying a flower to the tomb of the unknown soldier. Only stupid and bogus claimants to being war veterans can do that. This does not show any respect at all to all those people who are laid there. In any case, who said that the shrines belong to war veterans. Are they the only ones who contributed towards the liberation of this struggle. Thats utter stupidity. This thing should be investigated and perpetrators brought to book. MAGADZIRE is laid at the National Heroes Acre but he is neither a war vet or ex=detainee. He contributed towards farming. Border Gezi was a war collaborator but is interred at the National shrine. Now Mahofa is also a war collaborator, where is she going to be interred. Talk of Senator Joseph Culverwell and others. THESE TUPID BOGUS WAR VETS SHOULD BE ARRESTED.

    • Ras Makate (Mutunhu une Mago)

      I hear you loud and clear mate, its all been reduced to just cash, with this type of behavior the history of the struggle has been effectively turned into a profanity as far as our born-free children are concerned. I daresay its not only bogus war vets involved here, some of our genuine comrades have effectively been bitten by the HARARE BUG of GREED and CORRUPTION

    • silungisn

      You utters rubbish. ..die Hard Rhodies. .