26 Jul 2013 08:30
CORRECTION: REPLACING DUDU MURORUA WITH JOSUA //HOEBEB IN SECOND LAST PARA.
OPUWO, 25 JUL (NAMPA) The committee responsible for the drought-food distribution here has decided to service members of the San Development Programme first with the little food available, as more drought-relief food is still awaited.
The Kunene Region was declared drought-stricken late last year, and the supply of drought-relief food provided to the region by the government ran out at the end of February this year.
After further assessment, the whole country was declared drought-stricken and an extra 49 000 bags of maize meal were given to the Kunene Region for distribution in May this year.
According to the coordinator of the food distribution programme here, Lucas Tjoola, the 2 380 bags of maize meal available now would be delivered to the people who fall under the San Development Programme, and they include the San, Ovatue and Ovatjimba communities at Otjomuru, Otjikojo, Ohaiiua and the San resettlement farm in the Outjo area.
The Division San Development is a special programme under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) as mandated by Cabinet to ensure that the marginalised people in Namibia are fully integrated in the mainstream economy of the Namibian society.
The programme mainly focuses on resettlement, sustainable livelihood support programmes, education, land and income-generating initiatives for marginalised communities.
Meanwhile, Mbeumuna Muhuka, the personal assistant of Kunene Governor Josua //Hoebeb, confirmed that the maize meal was not enough to be distributed to the entire region, and they thus saw it fit to give it to the small groups of Ovatue, Ovatjimba and San who had been resettled and who receive food supply on a monthly basis as part of the assistance from the OPM.
Both Tjoola and Muhuka could not say when the drought-relief food was going to be delivered, but Muhuka said the tenders have already been awarded for the delivery of the maize meal, and delivery would follow soon.