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Title:Zimbabwe: Political Constructions of War Veterans
Author:Kriger, NormaISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:national liberation struggles
guerrilla warfare
Military, Defense and Arms
Politics and Government
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056244.2003.9693503
Abstract:The author draws attention to three different kinds of political constructions about Zimbabwe's guerilla war veterans. First, the ruling party ZANU(PF), the opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the veterans, other liberation war participants, and the media have all appealed to the notion of 'authentic' and 'inauthentic' veterans in a politics of legitimation and delegitimation. Second, the incorporation of guerillas into the legal system through the provision of pensions and other benefits has rested on the retroactive political construction of veterans and the war. Third, the documentation of some legal provisions of State rights - for the war disabled, for veterans in State service, and for war service pensions for all veterans - suggests that the image of guerillas as victims of official neglect is also a political construction. In attempting to understand the politics involving veterans and appeals to the liberation war, it is useful to keep in the forefront the high political valence of symbolic appeals and political constructions. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]