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Zimbabwe Liberators Platform (ZLP)
March 12, 2004
Liberators Platform (ZLP) would like to refute patently false reports
by The Herald of 12 March 2004 that attempts were made to
transform the organisation into a political party at the behest
of and with funding from the British.
ZLP does not
have and never has had intentions to depart from its founding agenda
and transform itself into a political party. The organisation remains
steadfast in its quest for peace, harmony and development in Zimbabwe.
ZLP was formed by genuine war veterans with a view to restoring
the tarnished image of war veterans to ensure that they do not lose
sight but remain focused on the core values, aims and objectives
of the liberation war.
It is a non-partisan,
non-governmental organisation whose objectives include:
- To promote
democratic values and advocate respect for the rule of law.
- To engage
in dialogue and collaborate with all stakeholders in order to
promote harmony, peace, stability and development.
- To rehabilitate
and empower war veterans, former detainees and former war collaborators
so that they cease to be a burden on society, thus avoiding manipulation
by unscrupulous politicians.
ZLP is determined
to maintain its independence and non-partisanship and not become
an appendage of any political party whatsoever. Constructive criticism
of the ruling party and the government is given in good faith and
is intended to ensure accountability and improve the welfare of
ZLP enjoys membership
from war veterans, former detainees, former war collaborators and
members of the public who subscribe to its values, aims and objectives.
Therefore those who spend sleepless nights fearing that ZLP would
form a political party should rest assured that ZLP has no such
ZLP has never received any funding from the British or the Germans
as reported by The Herald and views the allegation as a desperate
attempt by the government to establish a spurious link between the
organisation and Britain that fits into its propaganda framework
of its perceived dispute with the former colonial power. No funds
have ever been abused at ZLP and its auditors have not found or
reported any financial abuse or irregularities in the management
of its finances.
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