By Azania Post Reporter, Arusha
A new medical scheme has been established in Tanzania that aimed to provide health services to retired military soldiers countrywide.
The scheme has been established by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in collaboration with the Association of retired military soldiers (Muwawata).
Speaking during the launch at an going 7th stakeholders meeting , the NSSF Board Chairman Prof Samuel Wangwe, said the new service would enable retired soldiers to access health services without any problem.
He said the scheme has registered a total of 220 retired soldiers from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar who make a monthly contribution of 20,000/- each.
Prof Wangwe said that the Fund would continue issuing attractive benefits to all retired pensioners.
According to him NSSF has increased the minimum benefit paid to pensioners from shillings 80,000/- in 2015 to shillings 100,000/- at the moment.
He further said currently the Fund has registered more than 1.1 million members and target is to increase the number to 2 million within three years from now.
Regarding total investment, he said it has been increasing from trillion 3.1 in 2014/15 to shillings 3.2 trillion in year 2016.
Speaking on behalf of other retired soldiers , Said Majungi, said their association is not affiliated in any political party, hence requested stakeholders to support them in various ways.
“We are reserve army, we have various untapped potentials which in collaboration with stakeholders can do to improve economy of our country”,he said.
Citing he said retired soldiers can be used to protect the proposed oil pipe line which would be built from Tanga to Uganda.