Ministry of Poverty faced with gross staff shortage

07 Apr 2016 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 07 APR (NAMPA) – Despite progress made during its inaugural year, the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare still experiences a gross staff shortage.
Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Zephania Kameeta attributed the shortage to the recruitment process that appears to be “too cumbersome”.
During his ministry's budget motivation in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Kameeta argued that the recruitment process is not compatible with the urgent mandate of his ministry.
This ministry was established in March last year, shortly after President Hage Geingob was sworn in as Namibia’s third president on 21 March 2015.
It is mandated with an overarching task of promoting the social well-being of all Namibians.
The ministry's key responsibility is to eradicate poverty in Namibia by coordinating, advocating, initiating and evaluating all poverty eradication programmes and initiatives executed by Government.
The budget allocation to the ministry for the financial year 2016/17 amounts to N.dollars 2.92 billion, representing a 7,3 per cent increase from the 2015/16 financial year.
The funds will be allocated to the three main programmes, which are coordination and support services; provision of social assistance to the most vulnerable; and planning and strategising programmes.
Due to huge expectations rightly placed on the ministry, Kameeta highlighted some of the progress made by his ministry during its inaugural year.
The ministry has so far established a Ministerial Fund, where donations can be made towards the fight against poverty.
Only the Chinese Embassy in Namibia and a local fishing company, Cavema Fishing, have reached out to the ministry by donating N.dollars 760 000 and N.dollars 300 000, respectively.
The ministry has also secured a plot for the construction of a food bank in Windhoek.
It has furthermore completed its five-year strategic plan and secured satellite offices in the regions for effective distribution of social grants.
The ministry has finalised drafting a national blueprint on poverty eradication and reduction of inequality.
Discussions on the ministry’s budget motivation were expected to start Thursday afternoon.