15 Oct 2013 19:30pm
OUTAPI, 15 OCT (NAMPA) - Omusati regional governor, Sophia Shaningwa on Tuesday convened a consultative meeting on the drought situation with the regions political, traditional and church leaders at her Outapi-based office.
The meeting was aimed at discussing and assessing the drought situation and the distribution of drought relief food across the region.
Shaningwa reminded the meeting participants that Omusati is one of the regions hardest hit and devastated by the drought situation in the country.
I would like to reiterate the call of His Excellency, Dr Hifikepunye (Pohamba), President of the Republic of Namibia, that no one must die from hunger, she said, and demanded that the impact of relief food must be felt by the drought-affected inhabitants of the region.
She demanded that leaders in the region know the number of the people affected by the drought, how the drought relief food is being distributed to them, and to take record of those complaining of being left out because of personal conflicts.
Did we open up our doors for the complainants, the governor asked.
Shaningwa warned that she will call out the names of the leaders who will be reported punishing their subjects by denying them relief food because of personal differences.
It must also be clear that these food items are for the people under the leadership of the president of Namibia, and these vulnerable people belong to the State, Shaningwa stressed.
She wants to see leaders in one constituency assisting in the distribution of food to a neighbouring constituency which is struggling to have relief food reaching those who are going hungry.
We need to do justice and avoid suffering and ill heart feelings. It is our responsibility as councillors of this great region to show that one is safe to be a resident of the Omusati Region, and this must be our pride, Shaningwa urged.