Pohamba calls for fair drought relief distribution

17 Jun 2013 10:10
WINDHOEK, 17 JUN (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on national leaders, including Members of Parliament, to bear in mind the importance of the efficient and effective utilisation of public resources allocated towards drought relief efforts.
The President made this call whilst addressing the annual Parliamentarians? reception at State House on Monday morning.
?It is important that all leaders at all levels, including traditional authority leaders, play an oversight role to ensure that drought relief supplies are distributed according to plan, and that it reaches the identified vulnerable households and communities.
It is our duty to take care of our citizens who are hardest-hit by this natural disaster, and to prevent suffering and the loss of human lives resulting from food shortages,? he stated.
Pohamba thus called on those present to, as they interact in the informal setting of the reception, also keep in mind the numerous challenges faced by the Namibian nation.
?This includes the devastating drought that has affected many parts of our country,? he noted.
The Head of State commended the Parliamentary leaders for steering the work of the legislature in debating and discussing issues of national interest.
Pohamba also commended the lawmakers for adapting a new framework which facilitated the speedy adoption of the Appropriation Bill, saying it made it possible for the 2013/2014 Appropriation Bill to be passed in a relatively short period of time, compared to previous years.
He furthermore encouraged the Namibian lawmakers to continue working hard in carrying out their legislative functions as the nation looks up to them to table and thoroughly discuss issues which affect their daily lives.
The President also used the platform to inform the Parliamentarians about the death of the mother of Minister of Presidential Affairs and Attorney-General, Dr Albert Kawana.
Minsonzi Kawana, 93, died in the Windhoek Central Hospital on Saturday.
?I am informed that our Presidential Affairs? Minister and Attorney-General Albert Kawana is not with us here today due to the sad news that his mother passed on,? he said.
Kawana?s burial is scheduled to take place this coming Saturday at the Kalundu Village in the Kabbe Constituency, which is situated in the Caprivi Region?s Kalimbeza district.