Text of report by privately-owned Zimbabwean weekly newspaper The Standard website on 1 May
[Report by Caiphas Chimhete: "War Vets Clamouring for More and More"]
A militant Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association (ZNLWVA) splinter group, which two years ago urged President Robert Mugabe not to accept defeat in elections is now demanding 20 per cent of all acquired land and a slice of the economy as compensation for participating in the war of liberation. The faction, led by Retired Colonel Basten Beta says it wants more control over land, mines and the economy in general because it feels the compensation given to war veterans in 1997 was not enough.
Beta told Mugabe soon after he lost the first round of the presidential poll in March 2008 to MDC-T [Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai] leader Morgan Tsvangirai that he must not to lose "what we got through the bullet through the ballot".