15 Jun 2013 11:50
CORRECTION: MASS OF MAIZE MEAL IS 12,5KG AND NOT 2,5KG, AND THE VOLUME OF COOKING OIL IS 750ML.
BELOW IS CORRECTED STORY.
TSUMKWE, 15 JUN (NAMPA) ? The distribution of drought relief food in the Tsumkwe Constituency commenced on Thursday afternoon.
Tsumkwe Constituency Chief Control Officer, Tjatjitirani Kandukira told Nampa in an interview on Friday the distribution of the drought relief food, which includes maize meal and cooking oil, started at a very slow pace.
He said lack of transport is slowing down the distribution process to beneficiaries in the whole constituency.
?There are three distribution centres - Gam, Mangetti Dune and Tsumkwe settlements - in the constituency, but we can only distribute around the Tsumkwe settlement for now until we are provided with a vehicle to assist us in taking the maize meal to other centres,? said Kandukira.
More than 9 000 people have been registered as beneficiaries of the drought relief food in the Tsumkwe Constituency, with 4 000 of them from the Tsumkwe settlement alone.
The plan is to distribute two 12,5kg bags maize meal and one 750ml bottle of cooking oil to each registered beneficiary once a month until December this year.
Some recipients of the drought relief food thanked Government for its prompt reaction against the drought.
?I am very happy. I have food to eat for this month and I urge our Government to also support us with beans or a tin of fish for relish, if possible,? said one recipient, Juda Nganyone.
Another community member, Rosa Ngorio, said Government has done a great job for taking care of its people during this situation.
?Our livelihood as San people depends on harvesting wild fruits and roots, but this year everything got dry in March already. Therefore, I firstly thank the Constituency Councillor Francina Hishekwa-Ghauz and the Government itself for providing food to us,? said Ngorio.