… As thousands suffer impoverishment in regions
By Eliaser Ndeyanale
NATIONAL Council politicians have urged the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare to roll out its Food Bank programme, currently being run as a pilot project in Khomas, to other regions.
Speaking in the National Council recently, Swapo parliamentarian John Likando, from the Zambezi region, said the Food Bank must also be extended to other regions, especially to the Kapako constituency in the Kavango West region, where about 25 000 inhabitants are finding it difficult to make ends meet.
“I want to know when the ministry of poverty is going to roll out the Foot Bank to other regions, especially to Kapako, which is one of the poorest constituencies in the country,” he said, while dismissing claims by critics that the Food Bank will encourage dependency syndrome.
“It does not make people lazy. It makes people take ownership of the programme.”
Another Swapo MP, Joseph Mupetami, said everyone knows how tough people are finding life at present, and the Food Bank should be brought to other regions.
Currently only Windhoek’s Tobias Hainyeko, Samora Machel, Moses Garoeb, John Pandeni, Katutura East, Katutura Central and Khomasdal constituencies are benefiting from the Food Bank pilot project.
The government initiative, started last year June, is aimed primarily at addressing hunger and poverty, and had benefited a total of 22 354 households and 94 536 individuals by March this year.
It involves the sourcing and distribution of food and non-food items, which are distributed to people identified by the street committees.
The poor and vulnerable targeted should come from households whose total per capita income is below N$400 per month.
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