Drought Namibia's biggest challenge in 2013: Venaani

09 Dec 2013 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 DEC (NAMPA) – DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani says 2013 has been a challenging year for Namibia, largely because of the drought which is said to be the worst the country has endured in 30 years.
The DTA president said this in a media statement containing his Christmas message for 2013, which was issued on Monday.
He said the situation was compounded by Government's “inexplicably slow drought relief response, which when it eventually came, proved ineffective, leaving many Namibians destitute”.
“Government's lack of preparedness in this regard adversely affected the productivity of commercial and subsistence farmers throughout Namibia, negatively impacting their livelihoods,” he indicated.
Venaani said despite the hardships posed and endured as a result of the drought, the enduring commitment to hard work at the heart of the Namibian work ethic played a major contributing role in the growth of the Namibian economy and the stable economic conditions enjoyed by all across the country in the past year.
The DTA president further said 2013 has been a productive year for his party as it elected a new national leadership at an elective congress and has taken the first steps in its 2014 National and Presidential Elections campaign.
“The DTA is committed to moving Namibia forward and firmly believes that the only way in which this will be achieved, and in the process guaranteeing prosperity for all Namibians, is through the introduction of new ideas to tackle the country's socio-economic and developmental challenges,” he said.
With Namibia's political future once again at the crossroads, the DTA called on the country's citizens to engage themselves in public affairs to exercise their political rights and to participate in all available platforms with the general elections taking place next year.
The DTA also called on all Namibians to refrain from alcohol and drug abuse during the festive season “as such vices only tear the very fabric that binds our society”.
Venaani also urged Namibians who are planning to travel during the festive season, to adhere to road and traffic regulations.
“The DTA believes the abnormally high road and traffic fines to be a reactive measure that does little to address non-adherence to traffic and road laws, and the party supports the introduction of a more proactive system,” he said.