Zanu-PF secretary for war veterans in the Politburo, Victor Matemadanda says the country should do away with tribal provincial names like Matabeleland and Mashonaland as these promote tribalism which hinders national development.
Addressing war veterans on the way forward after the ruling party primary elections, Matemadanda who is also the secretary general of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association said the polls though not perfect are over and as such it was now time for party supporters to rally behind those who won for the good of the party.
Matemadanda said there is no reason for the country to continue using tribal names to identify provinces as these are divisive and anti-developmental.
On the 1980s disturbances that rocked the southern region, Matemadanda said there is need for victims to find closure by taking the country’s former President Robert Mugabe to task whilst he is still alive.
The Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Angeline Masuku urged war veterans to form consortiums and start businesses for them to improve their livelihoods.
The meeting was also informed that Matemadanda has been tasked to vet all veterans of the struggle to weed out bogus members and ensure those who are not benefiting from government to get their dues.