WINDHOEK: Veterans’ Affairs Minister Nickey Iyambo on Tuesday said his ministry is not mandated to look after persons or forces who fought against Namibia’s liberation.
The minister was responding to a question raised by Member of Parliament (MP) Phillemon Moongo in Parliament on the amendment of the Veterans Bill.
The Bill was tabled in the National Assembly by Iyambo at the beginning of October this year.
Moongo wanted to know whether ex-South West Africa Task Force (SWATF) members also stand to receive money through the ministry.
“In Namibia we follow the system of the recognition of veterans of the liberation struggle, that is persons who liberated their countries from colonial rule and oppression,” Iyambo responded.
He stated that the same system is followed in countries such as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Algeria.
Iyambo further indicated that the mandate of the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs is to look after the maintenance of the wellbeing and welfare of veterans who fought for the liberation and independence of Namibia.
“Persons who fought against the independence of Namibia are not veterans,” he stressed.
Iyambo further noted that his ministry is mandated to register persons as veterans who participated in the liberation struggle after 1959.
“In future, other policies may be devised and enacted upon. For now that is the clear position of the ministry,” he stated.