War veterans on Thursday embarrassed their patron president Robert Mugabe, chanting abusive slogans and then presenting a long list of demands during a stormy meeting in Harare.
Chief among the 1970s chimurenga civil war fighters’ wish list is a demand for their monthly pensions to be increased from the present $260, which is more than a doctor’s salary in Zimbabwe.
Mugabe chided the war vets and told them to desist from the “love of money”.
Edward Dube, a leader of the war veterans said they were also demanding 10 percent of all mining concessions, 20 percent of all land acquired by the government, exemption from paying land tax, school fees, medical aid and preferential appointments to top government positions.
Some of the war veterans chanted slogans denouncing rival Zanu PF factions.
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