Swapo expresses concern about drought in Namibia

22 Oct 2013 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 22 OCT (NAMPA) - The Swapo-Party leadership is concerned about the drought conditions currently being experienced all over Namibia.
The ruling party's leadership expressed the concern during the one-day meeting of the party's Political Bureau in the capital on Monday.
Addressing the media on the outcome of the meeting at a media conference held here on Tuesday, Swapo-Party Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba told journalists President Hifikepunye Pohamba used the platform to call on all Namibians, irrespective of their political affiliation, to work hand-in-hand in order to lessen the effects of the drought on the fellow citizens and their livestock.
“The President has strongly called upon all the country's citizens irrespective of their political party affiliation to work together in order to help minimise the effects of the drought on fellow citizens and their animals,” said Mbumba.
A recently released report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Namibia is experiencing the worst drought in three decades and this has caused hunger amongst several communities, livestock starvation and malnutrition in children in the Kunene Region, as well as in other parts in the northern regions of Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Ohangwena.
The (IFRC) said Namibians, overwhelmed by the worst drought to hit the country in 30 years, are surviving on wild fruit with no harvest in sight until March 2014.
According to the IFRC, Kunene is one of the worst-hit regions in northern Namibia, where people reportedly have little or nothing at all in their food stores.
The drought crisis is set to worsen since Namibia only has one harvest a year and the next is not due until March 2014, said the IFRC.
Meanwhile, the Namibian Government through the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob, has been distributing drought relief food stuffs to the thousands of affected and needy people across the country over the past few months.
The distribution of the drought relief food will continue until March next year.