War veterans Act gazetted
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Government yesterday gazetted the Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Act, which provides for the establishment of a board that will address the ex-combatants’ rights, welfare and benefits, among other issues, the Daily News reports.
According to the Government Gazette, the board’s functions also include providing for the establishment of the Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Fund, repeal previous laws related to the former freedom fighters such as the War Veterans Act and the Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restricted Act.
“The board shall consist of not less than 10 and not more than 13 members appointed by the minister consisting of the following — the chief director who shall be an ex officio member of the board; a war veteran appointed by the minister after consultation with the president, who shall be the chairperson of the board; eight persons nominated by their respective organisations which, in the minister’s opinion, represent the interests of war veterans, ex-political prisoners, detainees and restrictees, non-combatant cadres, war collaborators; one representative from the ministry, a registered legal practitioner; and, the secretary of the Board,” the Act reads.
This comes in line with the country’s Constitution, which provides for the recognition of and respect of the liberation struggle, on the rights of veterans of the liberation struggle.
“It provides that the state and all institutions and agencies of government at every level must accord due respect, honour and recognition to veterans of the liberation struggle, that is to say — those who fought in the War of Liberation; those who assisted the fighters; and those who were imprisoned, detained or restricted for political reasons during the liberation struggle,” the Act reads.
In the same vein, according to the Constitution, the State must take reasonable measures, including legislative measures, for the welfare and economic empowerment of the veterans.