WINDHOEK: Namibia and Mozambique will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here on Sunday to facilitate co-operation between the two countries in the implementation of demands for the monetary compensation of freedom fighters.
Speaking at a media conference here today, the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Dr Nickey Iyambo explained that Mozambique has considerable experience in compensation methods for veterans, and Namibia can learn a lot from that country’s ideas.
Amongst others, the MoU will include capacity-building between the two countries in the exchange of visits and expertise; exploring new laws and policies, which would enhance the welfare of veterans; and the documentation of historical materials and heritage sites for the benefit of future generations.
Speaking through an interpreter, visiting Mozambican Minister of Combatants, Mateus Kida commended the Veterans Affairs’ Ministry here for the various programmes put in place for war veterans to be fully integrated in the mainstream economy, especially the building of houses for veterans.
Kida also explained that the Mozambican Government granted rights to veterans, and compensated those who fought on both sides of the national liberation struggle against Portuguese colonial rule.
On the responsibility of the Government of Mozambique towards ‘struggle kids, the Mozambican minister said his government is responsible for the children of veterans under the age of 18 years, and also those who are attending institutions of higher learning such as colleges and universities, under the age of 25.