Oukwanyama Authority donates drought-relief food

13 Aug 2013 14:10
OHANGWENA, 13 AUG (NAMPA) – Queen Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu of Oukwanyama has donated 2 000 bags of maize meal and several boxes of fish to her 10 district heads to distribute to drought-affected households.
Queen yaNelumbu handed over the donation to the senior headmen of Eudaneko, Onamhinda, Ohaingu, Omungwelume, Weyulu Hedimbi, Onamutai, Omhedi, Okongo, Ohakafiya and Onandova here on Tuesday.
“The country is affected by severe drought due to poor rains received this year. Therefore, we have decided to use our own funds to buy this food to be distributed to the severely-affected members of our community,” yaNelumbu mentioned in her handing-over address.
She pointed out that by donating drought-relief food, her traditional authority is ploughing back to the community which also contributes to its coffers through payments of traditional levies.
“People should also see that there are benefits in the traditional authorities,” the Queen said.
The chairperson of the Oukwanyama Traditional Council and senior headman of the Eudaneko District, George Nelulu, told journalists during the handing-over ceremony that the Queen’s Council decided on the donation on Monday.
This, Nelulu said, followed recommendations by the authority’s Finance Committee after it noticed that Oukwanyama is now financially able to use its own funds to benefit its communities.
“We are trying to meet the government halfway in its efforts to feed starving people in our country this time around,” Nelulu stated.
The Oukwanyama Traditional Authority also financially supported cultural groups and churches within its jurisdiction, and also offers scholarships to the needy.
Senior headman of Ohaingu District, Nghidinihamba Ndilula, named Fillipus Haufiku as an orphaned student who was awarded a scholarship by the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority. He is studying accounting and finance at the Polytechnic of Namibia this year.