Nujoma inaugurates Keetmanshoop fund for vulnerable residents

08 Sep 2018 15:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – The Keetmanshoop Mayor’s Trust Fund was officially launched by its patron, Founding President Sam Nujoma at a gala dinner here on Friday.
Nujoma commended the municipal officials for establishing the fund that is meant to create hope for the hopeless members of the society - in spite of general gloom on the financial front.
“I am aware that the establishment of the trust came at a time that the world economy takes a downturn. Indeed, as patriotic Namibians we are duty bound to exercise care and support to fellow Namibians in need,” said Nujoma.
Namibia’s first president said many towns in the country have taken a similar route in the quest to address poverty and helplessness.
“Success stories of many towns are yet to be told, but the mere fact that political will is demonstrated to assist the needy in society is but a step in the right direction,” he said.
Nujoma reflected that through a protracted and bitter liberation struggle where many gallant sons and daughters of the Namibian revolution have paid the ultimate price, freedom and genuine independence was achieved on 21 March 1990, but as a free country Namibia is yet to achieve economic freedom.
He expressed gratitude to the government led by President Hage Geingob for declaring war against poverty as he considers poverty an enemy.
“We recently commemorated one of the critical days on our annual calendar, Heroes’ Day where the president urged the nation to approach among others, poverty with clear minds and urgency.”
Thus, said Nujoma, the establishment of the mayor’s trust could not have come at a better time, but cautioned that the trust fund established now is not an “overnight wonder” alleviating the scourge of poverty.
“The fund might be just the right vehicle to access funding from corporate and financial institutions as well as generous donor agencies and individuals, this is a commendable step,” he said.
The gala dinner was organised by the Keetmanshoop Municipality as part of the fundraising for the trust fund.