Liberation veterans’ association elects new leaders

23 Oct 2017 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 23 OCT (NAMPA) – The Namibian National Liberation Veterans Association has elected its new leadership to serve for the next five years.
The association held its elective congress at Otjiwarongo on Saturday, whereby retired commissioner Ben Shikongo was elected to take over from retired Lieutenant Raonga Andima as president of the association.
The association was established in 2010 to serve as a mouthpiece for veterans of the national liberation struggle.
Theorganisation also represents the interests of war veterans by striving to improve their social and economic well-being through income generating activities.
Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, Edson Haufiku said in a media statement on Monday that over 90 delegates from all 14 regions attended the one-day congress.
Shikongo will be deputised by Ruusa Malulu as vice president, while Alex Kamwi will serve as secretary general.
Shikongo told the ministry that the leadership had intentions to increase the association’s membership and take advantage of various economic opportunities within the country to make the organisation more self-reliant and lessen its dependence on Government funding.
The first congress was held in February 2016, where the new leadership was supposed to be elected, but, some members did not meet some of the requirements to contest the leadership positions.
Haufiku explained that some member did not meet Government’s requirements of being paid up members of the association which resulted in the previous leadership serving for an additional year.
“They asked for Government to relax the requirements or waiver them and that is why there was no election, and not for other reasons,” he said.