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Vetting of war vets progressing well

by Staff reporter
25 Mar 2022 at 05:57hrs | Views
The second phase of vetting for war veterans by chairperson of the Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Board (VLS) is progressing well with a total of 205 753 having managed to register in order to be considered as veterans.

The phase, which began last week seeks to ascertain the credentials of all the applicants, including those who did not manage to register for various reasons during the first phase in 1998.

To date, t88 379 War Collaborators, 54 246 Non-Combatant Cadres, 1062 War Veterans and 206 Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees have been registered.

The exercise is scheduled to end on Monday next week for non-combatant cadres and remnants of ex-political prisoners, detainees and restrictees while for war collaborators and remnants of war veterans will end on 02 April 2022.

Giving an update on the exercise in Harare yesterday, VLS board chair, Major-General (Retired) Gibson Mashingaidze said the vetting periods were determined by the numbers that registered under each category.

"The general outline of the vetting exercise is that non-combatant cadres and remnants of ex-political prisoners, detainees and restrictees are being vetted at provincial level in all the 10 provinces. Non-combatant cadres are being vetted by war veterans familiar with various transit camps.

"Ex-political prisoners, detainees and restrictees are being vetted by already accredited or-political prisoners, detainees and restrictees."

He said all vetting teams were headed by Government officials.

Maj-Gen Masingaidze said according to a report prepared by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services and its subsequent endorsement by Parliament in 2020, vetting of war collaborators should be conducted by war veterans who operated in various parts of the country during the liberation struggle.

The actual vetting will be conducted by detachment and zone commanders, together with six other war veterans who were operating in a particular area.

Locals familiar with what transpired during the liberation struggle will also be part of the vetting teams as they move from ward to ward.

In areas where ZANLA and ZIPRA both operated, vetting teams have been integrated.

He said the same teams will also be responsible for vetting remnants of war veterans who should report to vetting centres in the areas they operated.

Source - The Chronicle