Informal settlements not yet registered for food aid

12 Jun 2013 12:00
OPUWO, 12 JUN (NAMPA) - More than 3 000 vulnerable people who are residing at different informal locations in Opuwo, have been left out from receiving drought relief aid.
The headman of the Okatutura informal location here, Jason Nghipandulwa raced the concern that his community members were not registered to receive drought relief food, and registration ended some two weeks ago.
?We do not know where we stand, because registration has been completed and we are not included on the beneficiaries? lists,? noted Nghipandulwa.
According to him, it was very difficult to understand why the five informal locations of Okondaunwe, Orutjandja, Ehama, Otuzemba and Okatutura were omitted from the registration process, if they used to receive drought relief food.
?Last year and in February this year we received drought relief food. How did it happen that we were excluded now?? questioned Nghipandulwa.
Approached for comment, Chairperson of the Regional Emergency Management Unit, Dudu Murorua told Nampa on Wednesday instructions were to register all vulnerable people, even at informal locations in Opuwo.
?I specifically gave the instruction for the people at all informal lactations to be registered, so I cannot say what is holding up the registration now,? noted Murorua.
He promised that such people are not excluded and will be registered for sure.
Mururua noted that officials from the Office of the Prime Minister will be in the Kunene Region on Thursday to see how the situation progresses and to deal with some issues which are outstanding pertaining to the drought relief programme.
Also asked to comment, coordinator of the Disaster Risk Management Unit at the Kunene Regional Council, Lucas Tjoola, said the rural communities were first priority in the registration process for drought relief aid, and vulnerable people in informal locations will also be covered as soon as all logistics are in place.
?Our focus was on rural communities, and teams are now preparing for food aid distribution to villages now. As a result, another team needs to be formulated to register the communities at informal locations as soon as possible,? said Tjoola.
He could, however, not say when the registration of the communities at informal locations would begin, but assured those residents that they will indeed be registered to receive drought relief food.