McLeod‐Katjirua urges political leaders to volunteer

15 Jul 2014 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 15 JUL (NAMPA) - Political leaders should make personal contributions towards the development of communities and engage in voluntary work, Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod‐Katjirua says.
She made the statement on Tuesday during the handing-over of certificates of appreciation to local musicians who participated in the Namibia Red Cross Society’s (NRCS) charity music concert held in the capital during May this year.
Some of the musicians who received certificates are Lazarus ‘Gazza’ Shiimi, the band Ongoro Nomundu and Big Ben Kandukira.
McLeod‐Katjirua said such voluntary work may not be with the NRCS only, but can be in terms of assisting elderly people, orphans, homeless persons or the sick to live “better and dignified lives”.
The governor, who registered as a member of the NRCS during the certificate handing-over ceremony together with some of her staff members, said they are going to commit time to fulfil their contributions as Red Cross volunteers.
The deputy mayor of Windhoek, Muesee Kazapua and the councillor of the Katutura Central Constituency, Ambrosius Kandjii, also registered as Red Cross members today.
“The time has come for us to take the lead in charting our destiny, and stop depending on the assistance of the international community,” said McLeod-Katjirua.
She then questioned if Namibians have ever asked themselves what their contributions as Namibian citizens are to the upliftment of their own communities.
“We have received so much external support, including volunteers sent to this country by their governments to assist in alleviating suffering amongst our communities,” said the governor.
She thus applauded the NRCS for the work it does.
“Thank you NRCS for being the mouthpiece and friend of the poor and those in need by ensuring that their dignity is restored by supplying them with the basic necessities,” the governor added.
The NRCS’s Khomas regional board chairperson, Abel Hamutenya, then welcomed the governor, her staff members as well as local authority and regional council officials as Red Cross members, saying their work will mean a lot to the communities.