Over 27 000 Namibians granted veterans' status: Iyambo

02 Apr 2014 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 02 APR (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs has so far granted veteran status to 27 014 Namibians who have contributed positively to the course of the country's struggle for independence.
This was announced by the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Dr Nickey Iyambo, when he tabled his ministry’s budget of N.dollars 1,5 billion for the 2014/15 financial year in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
“The Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs continues to register Namibians who feel they have contributed to the course of our independence. Under the registration activity of the veterans, the ministry will review the existing regulations of the Veterans’ Act Amendment Bill of 2013, and formulate new ones which will interpret those new amendments introduced in the Amendment of the Veterans’ Act of 2013,” the minister explained.
The ministry will also continue printing veterans’ identification cards until such a time that all veterans are issued with their cards, and the ministry has requested N.dollars 581 000 during the 2014/15 financial year to cover these activities.
Iyambo further told fellow parliamentarians that his ministry will continue paying a monthly subvention to unemployed veterans, and veterans’ whose income is below the taxable threshold.
An amount of N.dollars 270 000 000 is requested to pay the monthly financial assistance to the veterans.
On the payment of a once-off gratuity (lump sum) which is being paid to veterans as a token of appreciation for their contribution to the struggle for liberation, the ministry has requested N.dollars 474 400 000 for the year under review.
On the education and training of veterans and their dependents who want to further their studies at institutions of higher learning in the country, the ministry has requested an amount of N.dollars 5 000 000 to implement this activity for the 2014/15 financial year.
“The veterans will continue venturing into projects in areas of property development, livestock farming, transportation and crop production.
Some of these projects are successfully implemented, and many veterans are reaping the fruits of their projects. An amount of N.dollars 621 000 000 is required for the 2014/15 financial year,” Iyambo told the House.
To date, a total of 122 houses have also been constructed for the elderly, sickly and severely disabled veterans since the inception of the programme in 2012.
“We envisage constructing 70 houses across the 14 regions of the country in the 2014/15 financial year. The ministry, therefore, requests N.dollars 15 000 000 for this purpose,” he stated.
Iyambo further noted that his ministry envisages acquiring three farms for the resettlement of veterans during the 2014/15 financial year, and thus needs an amount of N.dollars 15 000 000 for that purpose.
On activities aimed at the improvement of the welfare of ex-People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) veterans who were actively involved in combat formations up to 1989 and who are retired, disabled as well as former Robben Island political prisoners, the Ministry has allocated an amount of N.dollars 50 000 000 for the 2014/15 financial year.
Iyambo then strongly asked for the support and immediate approval from his fellow parliamentarians for his Ministry's total amount of N.dollars 1 558 243 000 for the 2014/2015 financial year.