Bonuses for Mozambique war veterans
Maputo - The parliament of the Republic of Mozambique has passed a bill granting a number of bonuses to veterans of anti-colonial conflict, said Agncia de Informao de Moambique (AIM) on Wednesday.
Those who fought against Portuguese, Rhodesian and South African apartheid colonial rule were entitled to a "participation bonus, varying in accordance to the military position they held in the war," AIM reported.
Those who were wounded were also granted disability pensions.
According to the bill, for the first time those who fought on both sides of Rhodesian prime minister Ian Smith's "war of destabilisation" would be included in the military pension scheme.
The veterans and their dependants were also be entitled to state-sponsored medical care.
The Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) were opposed to the inclusion in the bill of a clause which limited a social reinsertion bonus to those who spent more than three years in the army.
The Minister of Veterans Affairs, Mateus Kida, said that the bill was designed to cater for those who did not otherwise qualify for military pensions.