Geingob says single parenting a serious issue

10 Oct 2015 13:00pm
MARIENTAL, 10 OCT (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Friday raised the concern that many single mothers are boasting about bringing up their children alone.
Speaking at Mariental during a meeting with community members of the Hardap Region, he said he gets the impression that single mothers are proud to be single mothers.
“What happened to the fathers? You really think it is an achievement?” he asked to some laughter from the audience.
Geingob said single parenting is a serious issue, and needs urgent attention. He suggested that women should organise themselves into groups and apply for fishing quotas from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.
The ministry has over the years given quotas to previously disadvantaged citizens, especially women, to allow them to improve their lives.
Geingob also expressed concern about the outstanding water and electricity bills of many elderly people in the country. Some of these pensioners are at risk of losing houses they have lived in for as long as 30 years as they owe thousands of Namibian dollars for water and electricity services provided to them. Some have no access to clean and affordable water, he said.
Among the many concerns raised by the community are the slow development of their towns; gravel roads which pose a risk to motorists; poor treatment of farm workers; the lack of financial assistance from the banking sector to young people who want to venture into business; the shortage of doctors at clinics and hospitals; and the alleged exclusion of locals in tender allocations, especially in the construction industry.
Geingob further called for unity among the residents in the region, noting that citizens belong to “one Namibian house” that includes all ethnic groups.
“Let us go back to the basics – ‘One Namibia, One Nation’. The Namibian Constitution forms the foundation of the Namibian house,” he added.
The president was accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa; Mines and Energy Minister Obeth Kandjoze; Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa; and the special advisors in the Office of the President who included Albertus Aochamub (press secretary); Daisry Mathias (special advisor on youth matters); Inge Zamwaani-Kamwi (constitutional advisor and private sector interface); Tom Alweendo (economic planning); John Steytler (economic advisor); Penny Akwenye (policy advisor on implementation and monitoring).