RED TAPE HOLDING UP PENSION PAYMENTS TO MOZAMBIQUE’S MILITARY VETERANS

BOANE, MOZAM,BIQUE– Mozambique’s Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Eusebio Lambo, has expressed concern over red tape which was holding up the establishment of pensions for former soldiers.

The government’s plan is to conclude the establishment of pensions for veterans within the next six months, but now it seems likely that this deadline will not be met, the Minister said Wednesday when addressing a meeting of the Co-ordinating Council of his Ministry in Boane, about 30 kilometres west of Maputo.

Lambo said the problems with fixing pensions included the slowness in screening and processing cases in some provincial directorates and disorganization in the archiving system.

Delays had also occurred in informing beneficiaries that their pensions had now been approved. On top of this came fraud, with people who had never served in any army claiming to be veterans, and the falsification of military service orders in order to claim a higher rank, and thus a higher pension.

Lambo mentioned that in April, on his visit to the northern province of Cabo Delgado, President Filipe Nyusi, had recommended that the Ministry complete the fixing of pensions by October, particularly for people who had fought in the liberation struggle to secure Mozambique’s independence from Portuguese colonial rule.

Lambo said the meeting should produce a matrix of recommendations to correct the errors detected. It should also approve a Strategy for Operational Actions to conclude the Fixing of Veterans’ Pensions.

Since 2015, a total of 121,000 military veterans have had their pensions established, leaving about 14,000 to

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK