CoW to better the lives of senior citizens

01 Oct 2014 21:10pm
WINDHOEK, 01 OCT (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) is looking into writing off the municipal debts of the elderly and assist them with income-generating projects.
Deputy mayor of Windhoek Muesee Kazapua said this during the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Older Persons here on Wednesday.
The Day is celebrated annually on 01 October all over the world to recognise the contribution made by senior citizens towards development of communities.
This year’s event was celebrated under the theme “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All”.
Other exemptions targeted towards the elderly include free municipal bus services, as well as free of charge utilisation of municipal venues for their meetings.
Kazapua said senior citizens are the custodians of wisdom and very important information and as such deserve respect.
“All abuse whether physical, emotional, financial, neglect towards the elderly should be stopped forthwith. All elderly should be protected from any social evils,” he stressed.
Kazapua said he is confident that the City Council has dedicated personnel who would do their best to attend to problems facing senior citizens within Windhoek.
The deputy mayor also called upon councillors to negotiate with supermarket owners to avail discount to senior citizens for purchases in order to meet their needs halfway, considering their meagre monthly pension grant of N.dollars 600.
The UN inaugurated the commemoration of this day on 14 December 1990 under resolutions 45/106, and it has since then been observed annually.