Food bank benefits the wrong people

13 Aug 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 13 AUG (NAMPA) - Majority beneficiaries of the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare’s Food Bank earn above N.dollars 400 per month, which is against the qualifying criteria and illegal.
Director of Poverty Eradication Programmes and Coordination in the ministry, Niita Iipinge confirmed this on Saturday at a community meeting in Okuryangava for the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency.
Without disclosing a number, she said the ministry has established that most of the households benefiting from the programme earn above the stipulated monthly income for those who qualify to benefit from it.
The Food Bank programme, which is still in its pilot phase, has benefited over 17 000 households in seven constituencies of the Khomas Region thus far.
The project was established in mid 2016 with the aim to provide impoverished citizens with food to reduce hunger and fight poverty.
Among the criteria are identification documents and a declaration from the Namibian Police Force that the applicant/household earns less than N.dollars 400 per month.
Iipinge said an assessment of the programme that commenced last month revealed the fraud.
She explained one example of when a woman filed a complaint after she noticed that her neighbour, an employed police officer, is benefitting from the programme while she, who is unemployed, is not.
Iipinge said the ministry has through the Khomas Regional Council instructed the street committees to identify and remove the households whose monthly income is above N.dollars 400 from the beneficiaries list.
She said it is clear that most applicants provided the police with false information regarding their monthly income, which is illegal.
Iipinge said those found guilty of providing false information under oath will be brought to book, as the ministry will open a case against them.