Traditional leaders should help eradicate poverty: Namoloh

09 Oct 2013 11:50am
SWAKOPMUND, 09 OCT (NAMPA) – The Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD) has urged traditional leaders to work with his ministry to implement programmes earmarked for rural communities.
Regional and Local Government Minister, Retired Major-General Charles Namoloh said during the opening of the 16th annual meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders here on Monday that these projects include the establishment of rural development centres, which are aimed at providing appropriate technology to the communities to manufacture goods and sell it at cheaper prices.
So far, three rural development centres already exist, and are located one each in the Omaheke, Oshikoto and Oshana regions.
The MRLGHRD has also already identified sites, and is currently busy establishing seven additional centres in the Ohangwena, Kunene, Omusati, Karas, Kavango, Zambezi and Hardap regions.
“These centres will provide research on the promotion and utilisation of local natural resources,” Namoloh stated.
He added that there should be mutual cooperation between traditional leaders, central government and the regional government.
Through the Decentralisation Enabling Act, structures such as the constituency development committees and the village development committees where traditional authorities are expected to participate for the development of their people, were established.
However, some traditional leaders are found to be at loggerheads with some regional councillors in the prioritisation of developmental needs in their areas.
“Some traditional leaders have totally boycotted the constituency development committees and the village development committees’ meetings. It is against this understanding that I am appealing to you traditional leaders to jointly work together with the existing structures with the aim to eradicate poverty and ignorance amongst the people,” Namoloh stressed.
He further requested the traditional leaders to carefully analyse issues, and make proper recommendations for peace and unity to prevail.