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Zimbabwe war veterans demand more money

by ZimLive
05 Apr 2019 at 16:01hrs | Views
War veterans, who in the late 1990s demanded and received gratuities, have filed a High Court application to push President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government to honour other monetary promises dating back to 1998.

The War Veterans Pressure Group's Amos Sigauke and 10 others made the application, while Defence and War Veterans Minister Oppah Muchinguri, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube, as well as the pension master in the Civil Service Commission are cited as respondents.

Following the application, the respondents failed to file their response within the stipulated 10-day period, forcing Ncube to rush to the court seeking condonation.

"This is an application for condonation and upliftment of the bar operating against myself for non-compliance with the High Court Rules of Zimbabwe 1971 for failure to file a Notice of Opposition within 10 days," Ncube said.

He said he was served with the court application for a declaratory order by the war veterans on March 1, 2019, through the Finance ministry registry.

Ncube further said his legal team drafted the necessary papers to enable him to oppose the application but went out on official duty, only to return a day after the 10-day period had expired.

He said he has great prospects of success in the main application.

"Respondent relies on a Statutory Instrument of 1997 when the country was still using the Zimbabwean dollar which has been affected by several Monetary Policy statements and reviews following the dollarisation of the Zimbabwean dollar," Ncube argued.

Source - ZimLive