Poverty eradication minister, Zephaniah Kameeta, has come out to say Namibia can do away with poverty within a five-year time span but corruption and greedy are what is frustrating the process.
The minister exclusively spoke to The Villager hours after the World Poverty Clock revealed that almost half a million of Namibians were wallowing in dire straits of extreme poverty.
Kameeta could not dispute the figures but heaped part of the blame on “rich people” whom he said were not sharing with society a slice of the national cake.
“Poverty can be eradicated (if) people share what they have, even a little. That is lacking. You find greed all over the place and people think that you can prosper by just wanting to fill your pockets and that does not work.”
“Being rich in a society with extremely poor is like swimming in a pool full of sharks. So to live a decent life we make sure that only me but those around me also should have something to eat,” said the minister.
Kameeta referred to a video which he recently shared in which a student comes to school with an empty lunch box only for others to fill it with a little bit of different types of food, as an example of how the process should work in the Namibian context.
“I shared this video on Facebook with a comment saying by doing this we will be truly be the land of the brave. You tell me those (World Poverty Clock) statistics but I believe we can end poverty in this country. We are not so many,” he added.
The bishop emeritus who said he was speaking from his heart, said the fight against poverty and success thereof can come about if people get passionate.
Meanwhile the Popular Democratic Party (PDM) also held a press briefing yesterday where its Secretary General, Manuel Ngaringombe who said more still needs to be done for the majority in rural areas.
“This is a call mostly directed to regional governors of the country’s 14 regions, whom we call upon to get out of their comfort zones and take the lead in addressing the plight of the people that they were appointed to represent,” he said.
He urged them to implement “tangible capital projects that directly benefit locals in their respective regions”.
He highlighted fishing projects, subsistence farming, green house schemes and mining activities as some of the implementable initiatives.