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War Veterans Besiege Govenor Maluleke’s Office

War Veterans Besiege Govenor Maluleke’s Office

Obert Pepukai

WASHINGTON — War veterans and their wives Monday besieged Governor Titus 
Maluleke’s offices at the Benjamin Burombo building in Masvingo for the 
second day running demanding, among other things, to be allocated sugar cane 
plots in the lowveld.

The former freedom fighters also demanded that some youths arrested in 
Bikita while mining illegally should not be prosecuted.

Over a 100 war veterans gathered at the governor’s offices early Monday 
morning. Their wives joined them after similar action Friday.

The former freedom fighters are demanding sugar cane plots in the lowveld 
arguing they also want to get into the lucrative industry.

The war veteran leaders were then invited into a private meeting with the 
governor while their colleagues waited outside.

Details of the meeting were not immediately available. War veterans 
spokesman Kid Muzenda said they have lost patience with Maluluke.

Maluleke as governor chairs the Masvingo land committee which is responsible 
mainly for allocating land to the people.

At least 150 people are said to have been allocated pieces of land in the 
lucrative region but the former freedom fighters claim they have been 

They are demanding Maluleke should speedily allocate them their share before 
crucial elections expected later this year. The governor refused to talk to 
the press.

The war veterans are also demanding that a group of about 100 youths 
arrested during a police clampdown on illegal miners in Bikita be released 
from detention without charges being preferred against them.

It is alleged that some senior Zanu-PF officials, among them politburo 
members, are involved in the illegal mining of tantalite, a mineral 
discovered recently near Bikita Minerals Mine.

The discovery of tantalite in the area has seen hundreds flocking to the 
district to for illegal mining activities.


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