Govt agrees to regularly review pensions

Govt agrees to regularly review pensions

A CALL by the DTA to increase pensions to N$500 ended in compromise yesterday, with Government agreeing to regularly review the situation with the view to improvement in the “foreseeable future”.

Delivering his final remarks on the motion, which not only caused ructions in the National Assembly but sparked a country-wide demonstration by senior citizens, DTA leader Katuutire Kaura said he had decided to amend his original motion after consultation with Prime Minister Nahas Angula. Kaura said Government might not be faced with such a high pension burden in the future, given that life expectancy had dropped so dramatically because of HIV-AIDS – on average some twenty years short of retirement age Also, he said, young people might have accumulated large enough pension funds through their work to carry them through their retirement years and alleviate the burden on the State.Kaura said remarks by the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Marlene Mungunda were a clear indication that she was “ill-informed” about the benefits she maintained senior citizens were receiving.He said he had no doubt that the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Alpheus !Naruseb, would do what he could to accommodate a call by pensioners last month for a pension increase to at least N$700.According to the amended motion, the National Assembly agreed that in the wake of the effects orphans and HIV-AIDS were having on senior citizens, Government would constantly review the pension amount with a view to improving it.Kaura said Government might not be faced with such a high pension burden in the future, given that life expectancy had dropped so dramatically because of HIV-AIDS – on average some twenty years short of retirement age Also, he said, young people might have accumulated large enough pension funds through their work to carry them through their retirement years and alleviate the burden on the State.Kaura said remarks by the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Marlene Mungunda were a clear indication that she was “ill-informed” about the benefits she maintained senior citizens were receiving.He said he had no doubt that the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Alpheus !Naruseb, would do what he could to accommodate a call by pensioners last month for a pension increase to at least N$700.According to the amended motion, the National Assembly agreed that in the wake of the effects orphans and HIV-AIDS were having on senior citizens, Government would constantly review the pension amount with a view to improving it.

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