Farmers in Kavango East feel left out

26 Jun 2019 15:50pm
RUNDU, 26 JUN (NAMPA) - Farmers in the Kavango East Region say they feel ignored by the government as they are not taken seriously when they raise issues affecting them with national leaders.
This was said by Kavango East Farmers Union (KEFU) Chairperson Adolf Muremi at a meeting with Vice President Nangolo Mbumba during the latter's visit to the region on Wednesday.
Muremi said farmers in the region feel left out as their problems are not addressed. One of their main issues was the moratorium on the transportation and export of timber harvested before 26 November 2018.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism suspended the issuing of forestry permits for harvesting, transportation, marketing and exportation of timber in November last year, which angered farmers in the Kavango East and Kavango West regions.
The ban was put in place after timber was transported from mainly the two Kavango regions, mainly for export to China.
This did not sit well with the farmers, who wanted be allowed to sell timber they had already harvested instead of it going to waste on their farms.
Muremi said they wrote letters to President Hage Geingob through the governor’s office, seeking an audience to discuss the issue.
He said the response was that the president would not be able to see them due to other commitments.
“The president says no one should be left out, but for us in Kavango, we feel left out because our leaders don’t want to listen to us,” he said.
Muremi added that their attempts to meet with Environment Minister, Pohamba Shifeta failed, which was also an indication to KEFU that the regions’ leadership is not respected.
In response, Mbumba said elected officials, whether regional or national, should take care of their people.