Veterans Ministry underfunded: Andjamba

28 Apr 2019 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 28 APR (NAMPA) – Minister of Presidential Affairs Martin Andjamba said the N.dollars 2 million allocated to the department of veterans of the liberation struggle for their Individual Veterans Project will only cater for 10 new people this year.
Andjamba said this on Thursday in the National Assembly while motivating the ministry’s budget for the 2019/20 financial year.
The departments of Veterans Affairs, Marginalised Communities and Disability Affairs are allocated a total of N.dollars 685 million for this financial year.
The minister said veterans’ welfare entails various programmes including the subvention grant, which caters for the payment of veterans’ monthly allowance of N.dollars 2 200.
About 1 679 veterans will be retiring from active service during the 2019/20 financial year and as a result, more funds should be allocated to this programme for their monthly allowances, he said.
Andjamba further informed Parliament of the improvement of the welfare of ex-PLAN combatants who have received military training and were deployed between 1959 and 1973 to qualify to receive N.dollars 5 000 per month.
He further said those who went through the same process from 1974 to 1983 will receive N.dollars 4 000, while those who underwent it from 1984 to 1989 are entitled to N.dollars 3 000 per month.
The funeral assistance programme for families of deceased veterans and erection of tombstones, will be allocated N.dollars 3 million.
“The Education and Training Grant sub-programme receives N.dollars 2.2 million while N.dollars 1.25 million is earmarked for the Medical Assistance and Counselling programme. N.dollars 1 million is prescribed to be transferred annually to the Namibia National Liberation Association.”
Andjamba said the Veterans Board gets N.dollars 600 000 whereas the Conference of National Honours is set to receive N.dollars 100 000, while N.dollars 7.5 million will go to Capital Projects Management.
Andjamba said Identification and Registration of Veterans is allocated N.dollars 1.5 million.
“The main objective of this programme is to initiate, promote and implement projects and programmes aimed at the upliftment and socio-economic integration of the veterans into the mainstream economy,” he said.