Veterans’ affairs directorate registering those lost in exile

28 Jul 2015 18:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 28 JUL (NAMPA) – The directorate of veterans’ affairs in the Office of the Vice-President on Monday introduced a programme aimed at registering all those who died in exile while fighting for the liberation of Namibia.
The initiative - to be conducted countrywide - was explained to political leaders and administrators of the Hardap and //Karas regions during a meeting at Mariental, in an effort to streamline the envisaged project.
According to Albertus Hangue, an official in the veterans’ department in Hardap, the aim of the exercise is to update information in the book, “Their blood waters our freedom”,
published by the ruling Swapo Party in 1996.
At the meeting, Hardap Governor Esme Isaack applauded the initiative, saying it was in line with the efforts of Government, “to fight the war against poverty and other challenges”.
“Many of our ancestors, heroes and heroines lost their lives to water our freedom; today we emphasise the fact that we have not forgotten them. All efforts were collective and inclusive of all. Let us treasure the policy of national reconciliation of our torch-bearers,” Isaack added.
Communities will be informed about the registration processes and the required documentation of their deceased kin through administrative offices of most towns and villages.
Registration of names is expected to take place in //Karas throughout August followed by Hardap in September.