More households in need than projected in Kavango East: Kuugongelwa-Amadhila

10 Aug 2019 16:40pm
RUNDU, 10 AUG (NAMPA) – Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the number of beneficiaries of the drought relief program in the Kavango East Region is much greater than expected.

The Prime Minister said this during the Presidential Town Hall meeting held here on Friday, where President Hage Geingob met with the resident of the region to give feedback on state issues.

The PM said a number of households that needed support under the drought relief program in the region are much greater than it was initially estimated, noting that a total of 2325 households were registered to benefit from the program.

However, it was later discovered that a total number of 23 943 households were in need of support from the program, stressing that an increase in the number of households has thus created a challenge.

She said although the food was delivered based on the initially identified households, there is a need to raise additional funds by the end of August to cater for those in need, noting that it was also important for people above the threshold to a give chance to those in need.

“It has now become very important for us to embrace the call to allow those that are most destitute to receive the food under the program in order for us to ensure that no one dies of hunger as a result of this drought,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

The Prime Minister further explained that the government had previously approved a budget of over N.dollars 570 million whereby N.dollars 400 million was sourced from internal sources allocating an additional N.dollars 150 million from Government.

The Prime Minister further reiterated government's call for all Namibians to assist in the mitigation of the drought and its effects, saying that individuals can contribute two percent of their basic annual salaries like how others have done.