Misihairabwi-Mushonga exposes fake war vets in Parly

via Misihairabwi-Mushonga exposes fake war vets in Parly – NewsDay Zimbabwe 3 September 2014 by Veneranda Langa

MDC legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga yesterday humiliated Zanu PF MPs who claimed to have fought in the liberation struggle when she told Parliament that her research revealed only 12 MPs were at the war front.

She also demanded to know why female freedom fighters like Zanu PF MPs Irene Zindi (Mutasa South), Nyasha Chikwinya (Mutare South) and Mandi Chimene (Makoni South) had been left out in all literature about the liberation war.

Misihairabwi-Mushonga was contributing to a motion in the National Assembly on conferment of hero status which was seconded by another MDC Proportional Representation MP Jasmine Toffa.

“I have a problem if people begin to scale other people’s participation to say some people performed better than others, because some of the loudest mouths in this House were actually working for the Ian Smith Rhodesian government, but they have the temerity to say some Zimbabweans are sell-outs as soon as they manage to get into Zanu PF cell structures,” Misihairabwi-Mushonga said.

“Even amongst those Zanu PF members who went to the liberation struggle, there is a problem of inclusivity where out of those defined as national heroes, 95% were commanders while a small percentage which often does not find itself in the Heroes Acre were the real fighters eating snakes and being bitten by mosquitoes during the war,” she said.

She said those who participated and suffered a lot found themselves backbenchers while undeserving people were in the front benches as ministers.

“The majority of people who participated in the war live like dogs, but when they die they are buried like kings. There are 106 people who were declared heroes and only six are women. Their widows are suffering and we want to see balance in the War Veterans Board so that the interests of all groups are taken care of,” she said.

Kuwadzana East MP Nelson Chamisa (MDC-T) said there was need to honour heroes when they were still alive.

“If our dead were allowed to demonstrate, then our police would be at the national shrine every day because the comrades there marvel at the honour we give them when dead, but when they were alive we never looked after them,” Chamisa said.

MPs said there was need to broaden the definition of heroes and to align laws that governed war veterans with the Constitution.

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    We have to remember powerful Constable Philip Chiyangwa of the BSAP.

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    avenger/revenger 8 years ago

    Stuff criminals’ acre !!!!!!!!!! We will let this blot on our nation fall into neglected decay with overgrown grass used condoms shake shake cartons litter. We will set up the MARTYRS WALL like ” the wall ” in Washington d.c. for those who promoted freedom ( zpf need not apply ). yOZa

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    avenger/revenger 8 years ago

    Congo. You advertised you irrelevance again

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago

    NO NATIONAL HEROES BUT ZANUPF ZEROES!

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago

    “I FOUGHT AND DIED FOR THIS COUNTRY”, SOME IDIOT WAS HEARD TO SAY!

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    manjenjenje 8 years ago

    Please google and research on a War Vet called Noel Mukono. True you may never have heard of him. He was a member of the Dare Rechimurenga and at one time deputised by Tongogara. Yes Josiah Magama Tongogara himself reported to this great son of the soil. See how Zanu has skewed our history. Most so called ‘heroes’ were busy studying and ‘raising funds’ in America during the war. Mukono was in the trenches, the struggle think tank itself. Yet when he died not even his comrades in arms where at his funeral, akavigwa kuWarren Hills with no honour, why? The truth shall come out one day.

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    Don Cox 8 years ago

    “She said those who participated and suffered a lot found themselves backbenchers while undeserving people were in the front benches as ministers.”

    But a person should be selected as a minister because he or she is competent and well informed, not because they suffered.

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    mazvimbajupa 8 years ago

    Built your own grave yard and call it heroes acre

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    maita 8 years ago

    Pane akanyenga mukadzi wemunhu akatemwa ne chidhina. Akanetsana neumwe pakuvaka imba akarohwa futi. Mavanga acho akazonzi ndeemuhondo akaopihwa mazimari iye zvino anotove mukuruwo kuma war vet uko. Tinoaziva anhu acho.

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    magetsi gwabada 8 years ago

    Charles MUKA was one of the first caders to train in China together with MP ‘Chen’ chimutengwende.
    When Chrles MUKA went and returned from China, Josia Tongogara Magama was still working at Ndola golf club. l am not belittling the General but there were other heroes deserving recognition and honour.