Struggle kids demand registration under veterans ministry

21 Nov 2016 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) – Some children of the liberation struggle in Windhoek are demanding to be deregistered from the Ministry of Youth and instead be registered with Veterans Affairs.
About 25 ‘struggle kids’ marched from the Katutura Police Station Monday to the Office of the Vice President where they read and handed over a one-page petition addressed to Vice President Nickey Iyambo to Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Hopelong Ipinge.
Reading the petition was one of the group’s representatives, Paulus Shapaka who said they believed they were registered with the wrong ministry which is Sport, Youth and National Service instead of being placed under the Veterans’ ministry where their parents would have been registered as per government Act no.2 of 2008.
The Act stipulates that the Veterans’ ministry should provide for the establishment of a Veterans Fund to assist veterans and their dependants and provide for the registration of defendants of deceased veterans.
“To us, this is a sign of separation from our parents because our names are in the same repatriation (files) as our parents who were the veterans, which should automatically make us original dependents of our parents, both living and deceased,” Shapaka said.
The group has given the Office of the Vice President 14 working days to respond to their queries to avoid “further actions”.
The struggle kids in a separate interview with Nampa, further expressed their disappointment in the manner the youth ministry has dealt with their case stating that it had not in any way done anything to help them find the jobs they had been searching for.
Ipinge, who received the petition on behalf of the office, noted that the children’s queries will be attended to as soon as possible and that they should just bear with the office.
“You are our children, we know you and we will look into this situation thoroughly,” he said.