PM denounces citizens who don’t contribute to drought relief

12 Aug 2019 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 AUG (NAMPA) – Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has criticised Namibian citizens who refuse to donate to drought relief, saying it assists households and helps to secure employment for people in the agricultural sector.
Speaking at the handing over of donations by various companies here on Monday, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said drought relief funds are amongst others used to provide food and water to households and animals. It is also used for subsidies for farmers.
“Every Namibian and the economy in general will benefit from this because when we are sourcing this food, we are giving business to the producers in the agricultural sector. Secondly, we are protecting jobs for those in the agricultural sector,” she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila further stated that this means less retrenchments in the agricultural sector, while it also helps Government to shield critical services.
“We are sustaining the agricultural sector, enabling it to still contribute to the fiscus through tax payments. Those who retain their jobs are also paying their taxes to ensure teachers, doctors and suppliers are paid,” the prime minister added.
Four companies handed over donations - the Namibia National Reinsurance Corporation donated N.dollars 500 000; the Adventist Development and Relief Agency Namibia N.dollars 1 million in food distributions; Chamber of Mines of Namibia N.dollars 5.7 million; Pupkewitz Foundation N.dollars 200 000 in food distributions and Omankete Investments, N.dollars 50 000.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila also noted that self-distribution by donors helps the Office of the Prime Minister save as less money is spent on logistics to deliver goods to the various regions.