Scramble for Africa’s resources is on the rise: First Lady

26 Jul 2013 09:20
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) – Women parliamentarians in the Commonwealth should stop the exploitation of the natural resources of various African countries by influencing the legislative framework to create an enabling environment.
Namibian First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba made this call when she addressed Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians during a dinner at State House on Thursday evening.
“It is my humble request to you esteemed women parliamentarians to use the opportunity that has been accorded to you by the electorate and citizens of our various countries to positively influence the legislative framework to create an enabling environment. We invest in you to influence a conducive and women and children-friendly environment,” she urged.
Pohamba indicated that the scramble for Africa’s resources is on the rise, with little benefits for its people.
“We can only contribute meaningfully to the development of our countries and the welfare of our people if parliamentarians would stop the exploitation of our natural resources without beneficiation,” she noted.
“We want to see laws which make education compulsory and free, and an Africa that has adequate health facilities and medication for all our people,” stated Pohamba.
Communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis are still a burden in African countries.
“This burden has even become double, as non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and many others compete for the limited resources with communicable diseases,” said the First Lady.