Keep veterans' houses well maintained: Nicanor

17 Oct 2017 18:20pm
ONDITSILA, 17 OCT (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs has so far provided 293 decent houses to veterans of the national liberation struggle countrywide at a cost of N.dollars 173 million.
This was said on Tuesday by Deputy Minister Hilma Nicanor at the official handover of a three-bedroom house to Simeon Amutenya at the Onditsila village of the Tsandi Constituency in the Omusati Region.
Nicanor explained that the houses are in recognition of veterans’ contribution to the national liberation struggle and should not be seen as payment for their participation in the struggle.
She said Amutenya’s house is one of 65 houses for veterans built countrywide in the 2016/17 financial year, and one of six houses constructed in the Omusati Region.
She said the houses are provided free of charge to veterans, who are viewed to have contributed immensely to the national liberation struggle and are now deprived. However, beneficiaries are responsible for renovations and upgrading of the houses.
Those living in towns, Nicanor said, are responsible for paying municipal services rendered to them, such as electricity and water.
“It is also their responsibility to keep their houses well maintained,” she said, adding that their responsibility also includes furnishing their houses and providing items as stoves.
The 57-year-old Amutenya was a member of the Swapo military wing, the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), and was injured in battle when then forces of the colonial government attacked PLAN fighters at several sites in Namibia on 01 April 1989.
The apartheid forces attacked some PLAN fighters on the eve of the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Resolution 435 that led to Namibia’s independence in March 1990.
The house was constructed over the past three months at a cost of N.dollars 700 000.