WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs has stopped the monthly financial assistance to former Socio-Economic Integration Porgramme for Ex-combatants (SIPE) beneficiaries, who have not yet applied for registration as veterans of the national liberation struggle of Namibia.
Dan Kamati, public relations officer in the Veterans’ Ministry, said in a media statement on Thursday that the monthly grants were stopped with immediate effect.
Former SIPE members are getting of N.dollars 2 200 per month.
Kamati then called on the affected individuals to enquire at the regional offices of the Ministry of Veterans� Affairs about the matter.
He, however, could not say how many former SIPE members are not yet registered as liberation war veterans.
Kamati noted that the registration of veterans will continue until every veteran is registered.
SIPE was formed in 1997, and suspended seven years later in 2004.
It was funded by Government to alleviate the plight of disabled and unemployed former freedom fighters and those orphaned by the liberation war.
Some 16 000 former freedom fighters were absorbed into public service employment, mainly in the Namibian Defence Force, as well as the Ministries of Home Affairs; Works; and Environment and Tourism.
Under SIPE, ex-Plan fighters received monthly assistance of N.dollars 500, and war-orphaned children received monthly grants of N.dollars 334 for school uniforms, books and school fees.