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Ex-Zipra fighter receives mysterious US$400 windfall

by Staff reporter
20 May 2024 at 07:53hrs | Views
A former Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (Zipra) liberation war veteran, Godfrey Mlalazi, who recently raised concerns about a prominent insurance company offering him a meager ZiG200 and US$50 as a funeral cover payout, has mysteriously received US$400.

Mlalazi had been offered the paltry payout for his mother-in-law's funeral after contributing to United States-dollar payments for 11 years. Southern Eye contacted the insurance broker last Thursday after Mlalazi shared his predicament, revealing that he had been paying US$20 per month to Progressive Insurance Brokers (PIB) since February 2013. PIB primarily serves war veterans.

"This policy covers all my beneficiaries, including my mother-in-law. We lost her on May 9 and buried her on May 13, after initially struggling to get assistance from the Bulawayo offices," Mlalazi explained.

He recounted his visits to the PIB offices, where officials at times avoided him before eventually offering ZiG200 and US$50 as a payout.

Mlalazi has now confirmed that US$400 has been deposited into his account, though he remains uncertain about the depositor's identity.

"There is money deposited in my account, but I don’t know if it's from PIB. When I inquired at the bank, they said someone deposited it but couldn't provide details. The bank advised me not to withdraw it until the source is confirmed. If it’s from PIB, they might have felt pressured by your intervention," Mlalazi stated.

A PIB representative based in Bulawayo, Collet Maduma, has confirmed that Mlalazi received the US$400 payment.

Source - newsday
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