RUNDU, 22 SEP (NAMPA) -
The Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Bishop Zephania Kameeta on Tuesday sought the input of the people of Kavango East on how to reduce poverty in the area.
The minister is holding regional consultations in all 14 regions to engage communities and seek input on poverty eradication strategies for Namibia. The consultations started in the Otjozondjupa Region on 14 September and end in Khomas on 01 October. Kameeta told the small number of people who had convened for Tuesday's meeting that no proposal is 'too little or too late'.
"Tell us what you think about how poverty can be eradicated in your own context or suggest what you want to see happening in your region," the minister said. He noted that by 2010, poverty in Namibia stood at 29 per cent.
"President Hage Geingob is saying even if poverty is reduced up to 10 per cent, it should not be regarded as the end of the story. And even if is reduced up to 5 per cent, this should not be a cause for joy," Kameeta said.
The Bishop explained that his ministry is cognisant of the great need for a multi-sectoral approach to poverty eradication, which he said is 'a scandal in a country with so much wealth'.
"This ministry will play a crucial and central role to ensure that the many initiatives and programmes that relate to poverty eradication and social welfare executed by different ministries are coordinated and synchronised, and make a significant impact on the life of the people they are intended for," Kameeta said.
The regional consultations are being held with key objective to build a national consensus on poverty eradication and to stimulate innovative proposals. "We want innovation, other thoughts that perhaps we did not think about. We hope that at the end of this meeting you will be giving us a lot of interesting thoughts which we can take to the national conference," he stated.
Kameeta said he wants a Namibia where every person can 'taste the riches and the wealth of the country'.
"We want a shared vision. The vision of the leaders must be born from the vision of the people, especially the poor, for change and a better Namibia."
The regional consultations are organised in consultation with regional governors and are expected to draw a variety of stakeholders such as local authorities, traditional authorities, civil society organisations, church organisations and the youth.