Defence ministry mulls ex-military 'paupers' Bill

Solders in parade PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Solders in parade PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The pauper state of former army officers has prompted the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security to work on aBill that is expected to help improve their welfare.

The permanent secretary in the defence ministry, Matshidiso Bokole, said a majority of the ex-military officers are currently struggling, something that has forced the ministry to come up with a Military Veterans Act to address challenges bedevilling them.

Bokole revealed the plan when addressing the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recently. She went on to share with the committee one of the ministry’s achievements being the introduction of the Military Veterans Affairs Unit meant to address the welfare of retired soldiers.

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