Pay Rise For Zimbabwe Security Forces Amid Crisis

Harare-Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday said his government was determined to improve the salaries of the country’s defense forces.

In his Defence Forces day speech at State House Mnangagwa promised to improve the salaries and working conditions of the military.

“Housing, transport and medical facilities are being improved in recognition of the role and sacrifices made by our defense forces,”

“With regard to the war veterans’ affairs, my government has introduced the Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Bill which has now gone past the second reading stage in parliament…I am confident that upon its enactment, most of the welfare issues of the veterans will be resolved,” he added.

The remarks come at a time Zimbabwe is entangled in a crisis and has been accused of human rights abuses, including arrest of journalists and politicians, under the guise of the coronavirus-induced curfew.

Various civic society and International organisations have taken note of the rights abuses with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa sending envoys to assess the situation.

Security forces have been accused of assaulting citizens and some video footage that have gone viral on social media bear testimony of the brutality.

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