29 Apr 2016 11:10am
ORUVANDJAI, 29 APR (NAMPA) Nearly 21 000 people in the Kunene Region receive social grants from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare.
Of the 20 713 beneficiaries, 10 595 reside in the Opuwo Constituency.
These figures were provided to Nampa by Nelson Kavari, an administrative officer in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare.
The Epupa Constituency has the second-highest number of beneficiaries (5 638), followed by the Khorixas Constituency with 1 383.
The Kamanjab Constituency has the least beneficiaries 647.
These figures include orphans and vulnerable children; those living with disabilities and pensioners.
It came to light during a community meeting at Oruvendjai on Saturday that many of the under-aged beneficiaries and those who have mental illnesses do not get their money from those who receive it on their behalf.
Oruvendjai is situated about 50 kilometres west of Opuwo.
A community elder who spoke to this news agency on condition of anonymity said those who receive this money on behalf of those beneficiaries are mostly women.
In most cases it is women who are entrusted with the care of the beneficiaries and nothing, not even a pair of shoes, is given to these poor children. All we see is the receiver looking more presentable than the month before, the pensioner said.
Almost everybody present at the meeting concurred.
An official in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Ngarimane Matundu who spoke at the meeting said the ministry is aware of this. She said such guardians should be reported to the ministry.
We won't hesitate to change the care of such a beneficiary to the next responsible person in the family, Matundu warned.
Another issue which was discussed during the meeting was gender-based violence, which according to the community is not common but is observed at times.