Angola: Former Combatants to Get Employment in 'Eles Merecem' Programme

Luanda — About 8000 former combatants, who were born between 1952 and 1972, will get employment as truck drivers, as from April, in the ambit of the programme dubbed "Eles Merecem" (They Deserve), revealed last Sunday to ANGOP, in Luanda, the co-ordinator of the project, Francisco Cardoso Pereira.

"In the first stage, we'll employ 8000 former combatants as drivers for a two-year period, at the end of which the truck will be theirs", he explained.

According to the source, the beneficiaries will be registered with the collaboration of the municipal administrations and associations of former combatants.

He also revealed that each province will get 100 vehicles, with the exception of Luanda that will get 500, including cars for taxi service.

"The project came about after a meeting that the promoters held with the head of the Executive, José Eduardo dos Santos, who expressed his dissatisfaction at the pace of resolving the problems faced by former combatants, despite the different types of assistance organised by the authorities", Cardoso Pereira explained.

He further clarified that the project is currently being analysed by the President's secretary for Social Matters, aimed at harmonising its premises with the necessary legal framework, such as the possibility of introducing tax exemption.

On the other hand, the source defended that in the ambit of restructuring of the country's cities, the former combatants should also be integrated in services rendered jobs, aimed at the diversification of income sources and improving their living standards.

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