Otjiwarongo pensioners treated to lunch

16 Apr 2015 12:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 16 APR (NAMPA) – Hundreds of pensioners were on Wednesday treated to lunch by the Otjiwarongo Municipality at the Swanevelder Community Hall in the Orwetoveni residential area.
The municipality’s chief executive officer (CEO) Ismael /Howoseb told Nampa in an interview on the same day that the lunch was meant to thank the town’s pensioners for the role they played during the November 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“The lunch was made possible by President Dr Hage Geingob, who donated a beef carcass He had donated it immediately after the elections last year,” he said.
Due to time constraints, the municipality could not arrange the annual Christmas Party on time last year as it also had to contribute money in arranging the event, /Howoseb said.
The pensioners each received a meal comprising cooked meat, salads, rice and a soft drink.
Otjiwarongo Mayor Hilde Jesaja, in a speech read on her behalf by the town council’s deputy management committee chairperson Julius Neumbo, said pensioners play a crucial role in knowledge transfer to the next generations.
She said pensioners are resourceful people in any society and deserve to be respected.
The mayor congratulated them on their monthly pension increment by Government from N.dollars 600 to N.dollars 1 000, starting this month.
On behalf of all pensioners, 84-year-old Gideon Geiseb thanked the municipality and Geingob for the lunch.
“We also thank you (municipality) for the arrangements you made in re-locating our pension pay point from NamPost in town to the municipality offices near our homes in Orwetoveni,” Geiseb said.