LPM condemns Basson’s comments on drought

21 Jul 2019 18:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 21 JUL (NAMPA) – The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) has condemned the reported terminology used by //Kharas Governor, Lucia Basson, that the region is not as adversely affected by the drought conditions as other regions in the country.
Basson, who was speaking at the Office of the President’s town hall meeting held here on Wednesday, said the region is not affected so much with the drought compared to other parts of the country.
Responding to these remarks during a press conference here on Friday, LPM activist, Easter Isaak said the governor’s statement regarding the drought issue is an understatement and pure disrespect to the current situation and reality the country is facing.
“This is the worst drought since 1980. The governor termed it as not so serious as compared to the situation of other regions. She and the leaders in unison have no respect for the drought stricken farmers in the region, as some farmers lost livestock due to this drought situation,” he said.
Isaak said the statement that Basson made clearly shows a lack of understanding and a lack of compassion for the plight of the farmers.
He went on to say that Government should provide grazing land to farmers affected by the drought - by making land available through its 32 resettlement farms in the region, further noting that provision of food as a relief will never address the drought but rather hunger.
“On the 2 per cent contributions and the N.dollars 300 million received from the donors, we suggest that these funds must be made available to each region so that each can deal with its unique drought situation on its own,” said Isaak.
During the town hall meeting, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the government will need N.dollars 500 million for the drought and it thus far only received N.dollars 300 million from donors.