Some Tsandi residents denied drought relief food

16 Nov 2013 12:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 16 NOV (NAMPA) – Omusati regional councillor for the Tsandi Constituency, Leonard Mutota refuted allegations of a discriminatory distribution of drought relief food taking place in his constituency.
Mutota said the allegations are unfounded and reflect no reality.
“Unless those who are claiming to be discriminated against are those who have been disqualified for being formal employees receiving salaries every month, or those who have failed to register themselves for the food distribution programme,” he told Nampa in a telephonic interview on Friday.
Mutota explained that a circular from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) requested drought relief food to be distributed exclusively to people who are genuinely going hungry, receive no salary or have no means of a monthly income.
This news agency received complaints from sources within the community of Tsandi’s Onakaheke centre that about 10 households have been denied drought relief food due to personal differences between members of the distribution committees and individual heads of those households.
The same sources said the matter has already been reported to Mutota’s office and that of Omusati regional governor, Sophia Shaningwa.
“We are waiting for them (Mutota and Shaningwa) to come to our rescue,” said the sources, adding that many people at Onakaheke and surrounding villages are seriously without food because of discrimination in the distribution of government-sponsored relief food.
However, Mutota wants all those who are claiming to have denied food to report straight to his office, instead of through the media.
Shaningwa was not immediately available for comment.