OPM repatriates ex-SWATF members

13 October 2020 | Politics

NAMPA

OPUWO



Forty-one former South West African Territory Force (SWATF) members, who have been camping at Herero Commando Hall in Katutura for the past six years, were relocated to their respective regions over the weekend.

A media statement by the Office of the Prime Minister said other ministries were directed to render support to the former soldiers through the implementation of income-generating projects.

Goat farmingIt said the ministry of agriculture procured 410 goats and each protester will receive 10 goats.

The ministry also procured veterinary medicines and fencing materials and will train the former soldiers in small-stock production, the statement reads.

However, because of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Kavango East, the goats will not be distributed to the 41 beneficiaries until a temporary movement ban is lifted.

The beneficiaries were shown their goats on Saturday at the Opuwo auction kraals before they were moved to the Omutambo omawe quarantine facility.

“The government has also begun the transportation and distribution of the fencing materials and the ministry of agriculture, water and land reform will guide the beneficiaries on construction while the beneficiaries are expected to provide labour for construction,” the statement reads.

The spokesperson for the ministry of gender equality poverty eradication and social welfare, Lukas Haufiku, told Nampa that his ministry responded by donating food parcels worth N$57 179 to the 41 members.

He said the ministry was also registering them with the food bank.

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