OPM budget not enough for drought: National Council

27 Apr 2016 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 27 APR (NAMPA) – The money allocated to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) for the 2016/17 financial year is not enough to cater for the major programmes falling under the office, according members of the National Council (NC).
Earlier this month, N.dollars 485 744 000 was allocated to the operations of the OPM for the 2016/17 financial year, and the lawmakers believe the figure is too little, as the drought in Namibia has worsened due to poor rainfall. The drought relief programme of Government falls under the OPM.
Speaking during the Appropriation Bill debate here on Tuesday, Opuwo Urban constituency councillor Weich Mupya said the OPM’s allocation should be increased to cater for both human beings and livestock during the drought.
Mupya was of the opinion that the drought relief programme only caters for people while ignoring their valuable livestock.
Sharing his sentiments was Epupa constituency councillor Nguzu Muharukua, who believes that it is common sense to also feed the livestock.
“The farmers in the north of the country must be assisted, especially to feed their animals.
“The best way is to feed both people and animals so that later on people can make a living from their animals,” said Muharukua.
Joseph Mupetani of the Oshana Region said the budget allocation to the OPM should be increased as the N.dollars 10 000 allocation to each constituency for emergency cases was not enough.
The OPM oversees and manages public services and executes special projects assigned to the office, which also includes the drought relief programme.