Governors applaud food production at Divundu Correctional Facility

21 May 2017 12:10pm
DIVUNDU, 21 MAY (NAMPA) – Special Advisor to the Governor of Kunene, Katuutire Kaura has praised the Divundu Correctional Facility for producing and distributing 4 000 bags of wheat to other regions.
The wheat, which was produced by inmates, has been supplied to police stations countrywide to feed trial-awaiting prisoners, thereby saving Government a substantial amount of money.
“It is wonderful that they are all pulling in the same direction. Even inmates are making a contribution to the wellbeing of the people of Namibia,” Kaura said.
Kaura made the comments at the donation of the wheat by the correctional facility to the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare here on Friday.
The 50 kilogramme bags of wheat were then distributed to nine regions at the same occasion, which were received by the respective governors and their representatives.
The Omaheke, Omusati, Oshikoto, Kunene, Oshana, Ohangwena, Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions benefited from the donation.
Kaura said the 430 bags of wheat Kunene received will go a long way.
“It has rained a little in the Kunene Region but nevertheless people lost livestock, thus poverty and hunger still continues. The donation will do a lot for the people as far as poverty eradication is concerned,” he stated.
Kaura said the idea of producing food must be extended to all correctional facilities in Namibia.
Echoing his sentiments, Governor of the Omaheke Region Festus Ueitele said he too is excited to see inmates hard at work and producing food for the nation.
Oshikoto Governor Henock Kankoshi said he is impressed by what is happening at the Divundu Correctional Facility.
“The same could be done in my regio, but the challenge would be the fact that we do not have enough water,” he said.