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Anuwa?

By M'kwanailya wa Mweuta
Namibia became 23 years old yesterday amidst sights and reports of law enforcement officers chasing, evicts and in some instances physically discipline the offspring of "those whose blood literally waters our freedom".

The topic of Children of the Liberation Struggle has become a bone of contention between comrades. Any comment might be interpreted as divisive, encouraging anarchy or worse implementing the "Nyamu notes". Sorry ngoo none of the above is the aim of this column.

Anuwa there is no specific Ministry in the Government which is responsible for the Children of the Liberation Struggle. And perusing through Act no.2 of 2008, (War Veteran Act,) one finds that dependents of either life or deceased war veterans should be under 18 years old. Simple mathematic logic reveals that when the Act was enacted only those born after 1991 could qualify to be called dependents of War Veterans.

The Act was established with the purpose:

- of establishment of a Veterans Fund for the provision of assistance to veterans and dependants of veterans;
- to provide for the registration of veterans and dependants of living or deceased veterans;
- to provide for the establishment of projects for the benefit of and assistance to veterans and dependants of veterans;

Clearly, from the onset, those born during the liberations struggle whether they have parents or not their plight was not considered hence not covered by the Act.

Ironically, in 2008 the Ministry of Youth and National Service registered Children of the Liberation Struggle. Since then, the children of the liberation struggle have been employed at ad hock basis. This week the Honorable Prime Minister said the Ministry of Youth and National Service should take charge and address the plight of the Children of the Liberation Struggle.

Recently a comrade remarked "This Act is Hippocratic why ignoring those kinds we made while in exile and only recognise these ones born after independence? "

Being just M'kwanailya my advise was "Then just amend it True, unemployment is rife in Namibia. True the living war veterans have been compensated. It is also true that those who died while fighting left ofsprings who are left to scavenge for both food and clothes in a free Namibia.

What is good for the goose is good for the gender! But again one might ask? who is there to speak for those died fighting and their remained offsprings?

Anuwa creativity, planning and availability of resources mbela died after the "veterans" were taken care off".

What is good for the goose is good for the gender! But again one might ask, who is there to speak for those died fighting and their remained offsprings?

I refuse to believe that anuwa creativity, planning and availability of resources died after the living veterans were taken care off.





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