By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
With the explosive war veterans meeting set for tomorrow it’s is very likely that some war veterans and journalists will not make it as the former war fighters have set stringent measures for accreditation.
The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWA) 10000 members are meeting President Mugabe at City Sports center.
Journalists and war veterans who spoke to Radio VOP noted that they were facing challenges in getting accreditated for the meeting.
Even journalist who went to the IT Centre asking for accreditation, were brutally treated in a very cruel manner.
Other journalists who wanted to get accreditation noted that they were ordered to look for letters from their publishers, a letter from the war veteran’s office and a letter from the Zanu PF office.
Radio VOP noted that even war veterans were facing challenges to meet Mugabe.
A former ZIPRA war veteran only identified as Benson Mdlongwa said he had been denied accreditation on grounds that he was not a party member.
‘I tried to get accreditated on Monday but I could not make it because of the strict process I encountered in doing so. Anywhere I really don’t care because after all the meeting won’t change anything in as our status is concerned’ he said.
Another war veteran who preferred anonymity noted that he was also denied accreditation on grounds that he had not been invited and that he belonged to the ‘wrong basket’.
Meanwhile, Ben Ncube the interim leader for a war veterans association representing former ZIPRA fighters has said the meeting is nothing but a rally.
‘As for us ZIPRA war veterans no one is going because it’s a political rally and we would not want to participate in that’s it. In as far as our welfare is concerned nothing will change from our welfare,’ he said.
Efforts to get comments from the Ministry of War veterans Tshinga Dube, War veterans Chairman Christopher Mutsvangwa and their counterpart from Zanu PF Sydney Sekeramai were fruitless as they phones rang unanswered.