14 Dec 2017 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 DEC (NAMPA) Former president of the Namibia National Liberation Veterans Association (NNLVA), retired Lieutenant-General Raonga Andima on Thursday handed over the reins to retired Special Field Force Commander, Ben Shikongo.
Shikongo was elected during the associations congress which took place in Otjiwarongo in October and will serve for the next five years.
He will be deputised by Ruusa Malulu as vice president, while Alex Kamwi will serve as secretary general.
Officially accepting his new position at a handing over ceremony in Windhoek, Shikongo reiterated the new leaderships desired course of action, which involves improving the wellbeing of all its members.
These improvements include their living conditions and following up on their pending individual veterans projects with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Shikongo added.
The association also announced the introduction of its five year-strategic plan from 2018-2022, which will cover the desired course of action to be undertaken by the association.
In conjunction to the introduction of counselling programmes of veterans in all 14 regions, the NNLVA aims to promote unity within the association.
The association is going to carry this out by discouraging division among its members and uniting them to achieve common objectives, Shikongo emphasised.
Outgoing president Andima wished the new leadership well and expressed confidence that they will continue carrying out the associations objectives and take it to greater heights.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is under the Office of the Vice President, mandated to initiate, promote and implement projects and programmes which address the socio-economic needs of the veterans, including keeping the history of the national liberation struggle alive.