Pensioners have it easy: Mungunda

Pensioners have it easy: Mungunda

PENSIONERS are receiving “endless benefits” and are very grateful to Government, Gender Equality and Child Welfare Minister Marlene Mungunda maintained in the National Assembly yesterday.

Speaking during debate on a motion by DTA President Katuutire Kaura that State pensions be increased to N$500 a month, Mungunda said critics had to look beyond the grant to the other benefits pensioners were receiving. She said pensioners were receiving a “package” consisting of free health care, affordable housing, subsidised water and electricity and death benefits.She called on MPs to put their money where there mouths are and to contribute N$1 000 each month towards a pension fund that would further uplift the lives of pensioners.”I talk because I give, I contribute and make differences in people’s lives,” she said.When pointed out that some pensioners had to be transported in wheelbarrows to draw their grants, Mungunda said this demonstrated the creativity of Namibians.Launching into a lengthy praise song for former President Sam Nujoma, whom she still referred to as “the president”, she said his actions to give and care for the old people were laudable and that others should follow suit.Mungunda said pensioners who were struggling to take care of their orphaned grandchildren could apply for a foster grant.She added that Government even provided for pensioners after death by “burying them in an outstanding way with dignity”.”Swapo is walking the talking and even flying it sometimes,” said Mungunda.She said Government was committed to taking care of the elderly in accordance with the Constitution by also subsidising old-age homes and feeding schemes.She said it was “crystal clear” to the elderly exactly what Government was doing for them.The Congress of Democrats’ Elma Diende asked the House not to shoot down the motion because of who tabled it.”This is not a Kaura motion, this is a national motion,” she said.She called on MPs to draw up a monthly budget on N$300, saying other ways had to be found to care of the elderly.”Miracles do happen, but not in this case,” she said.”I am convinced that this august House can do better than this”.The CoD’s Nora Schimming-Chase adjourned the debate until Tuesday.She said pensioners were receiving a “package” consisting of free health care, affordable housing, subsidised water and electricity and death benefits.She called on MPs to put their money where there mouths are and to contribute N$1 000 each month towards a pension fund that would further uplift the lives of pensioners. “I talk because I give, I contribute and make differences in people’s lives,” she said.When pointed out that some pensioners had to be transported in wheelbarrows to draw their grants, Mungunda said this demonstrated the creativity of Namibians.Launching into a lengthy praise song for former President Sam Nujoma, whom she still referred to as “the president”, she said his actions to give and care for the old people were laudable and that others should follow suit.Mungunda said pensioners who were struggling to take care of their orphaned grandchildren could apply for a foster grant.She added that Government even provided for pensioners after death by “burying them in an outstanding way with dignity”.”Swapo is walking the talking and even flying it sometimes,” said Mungunda.She said Government was committed to taking care of the elderly in accordance with the Constitution by also subsidising old-age homes and feeding schemes.She said it was “crystal clear” to the elderly exactly what Government was doing for them.The Congress of Democrats’ Elma Diende asked the House not to shoot down the motion because of who tabled it.”This is not a Kaura motion, this is a national motion,” she said.She called on MPs to draw up a monthly budget on N$300, saying other ways had to be found to care of the elderly.”Miracles do happen, but not in this case,” she said.”I am convinced that this august House can do better than this”.The CoD’s Nora Schimming-Chase adjourned the debate until Tuesday.

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