Natural resources belong to all Namibians: Esau

14 Jun 2017 18:40pm
ARANDIS, 14 JUN (NAMPA) – A mother from Arandis could not contain her excitement when she received an orthopaedic electric bed for her bedridden son on Wednesday.
Roberth Gurirab, 37, has been bedridden since he was 16 years old and is paralysed in most of his body.
He cannot move or speak and depends entirely on his mother.
“Thank you so much for helping my son, I have been searching for the bed for a long time,” said Oligen Guriras.
Tumina Fishing donated the bed and blankets worth N.dollars 35 000, after Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau approached the company board to assist in the matter.
Guriras said the bed her son has been lying on for 21 years has become old and needed replacement, but she could not buy one as she has no money.
She explained that in 1996, Gurirab was in Grade 10 at Goreangab Junior Secondary School in Windhoek.
He was shot while on his way home with friends from the year-end party at their school when a gang of students from a different school attacked them.
“While he was running away, he got shot in the mouth and the bullet went out through his neck. From that day he could not move,” she said sadly.
Handing over the donation, Esau said he was touched when he heard Gurirab’s story and decided to ask Tumina Board Chairman Matti Amukwa to see if the company can assist.
Esau said he did this because it is the responsibility of fishing companies or any other company licensed to exploit natural resources to give back to those in need.
“We need to share resources in this country, be it in mining or tourism. Such resources belong to all of us. We can therefore not afford to have some people living in poverty while others are rich.”
He used the opportunity to ask the private sector to be active in the war on poverty because it is not the responsibility of Government alone.
“Some of our people cannot afford the basic needs such as food. There is too much inequality in this country, which we need to continue addressing collectively.”
Esau is a former Rössing Uranium employee who was based in Arandis for many years.
He said as a former resident, his observation is that development could have been better in Arandis because it is a mining town.
Amukwa noted that the board did not just heed the call, but also fulfilled their social responsibility.
He said the fish belong to all Namibians and Tumina is willing to share with those in dire need.
“Our board is sympathetic to human suffering and we will therefore continue to assist when the money and resources are available,” said Amukwa.