War veterans should be getting $500 per month each: Minister Tshinga Dube
Minister of War Veterans Ret. Colonel Tshinga Dube has expressed his dissatisfaction with the welfare of war veterans saying that the government needs to do more. He said that the government should pay the war veterans at least $500 per month. In an interview, Dube said:
I have recently said we should work on the issue of pensions while taking into consideration the poverty datum line. I am not sure, but I think it’s around $500. If each war veteran gets that money, it will sustain him, buying groceries, paying rentals and for their medical insurance. Yes, the money will never be enough, they have children who are going to school. We are not able to pay the school fees of their children due to financial constraints. We have to look after their medical insurance but we are not able to do so and also their burial. Yes, we tried to raise their requirements for burial from $800 to $2 000 but that is not enough. If we also could get that money in time, because sometimes we get the money late, and the family will be forced to fork out money to bury their relative.
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