Marginalised communities still Government priority

KATIMA MULILO; Deputy Minister of Marginalised Communities in the Office of the Vice President, Royal /Ui/o/oo has reaffirmed the nation that the livelihood of minority tribes in Namibia remains a Government priority.

He said marginalised communities still carry the physical and psychological effects of the harsh treatment they received during the colonial era.

/Ui/o/oo said this during his first visit to the Zambezi Region on Tuesday, where he familiarised himself with activities relating to marginalised communities, such as the San people of Wayawaya, Omega, Chetto, and Bwabwata.

“The improvement in the livelihood of the marginalised communities is viewed as a priority for the Government of Namibia because of the legacy of colonial subjugation and social marginalisation’s physical and psychological effects on marginalised people in Namibia,” said /Ui/o/oo.

According to him, Government has committed itself to improve the living conditions of the marginalised communities by assisting the communities in education, employment in civil service and project creations.

/Ui/o/oo, during a meeting which was attended by Zambezi Regional Governor Lawrence Sampofu, regional and local authority councillors and tribal authorities on Tuesday, said Government is currently supporting 156 students at tertiary level, in addition to 46 student nurses and 147 primary and secondary school learners – all from marginalised communities.

He added there is a successful back-to-school campaign to encourage marginalised learners to return and stay in school, noting schools that enrol a high number of San, Ovatwe and Ovatjimba learners receive N.dollar 2 400 annually for their logistic and social support.

The deputy minister also highlighted that households of the San, Ovatwe and Ovatjimba communities were resettled on communal land as well as on Government farms, where they are assisted with post-resettlement support such as housing, clean drinking water, health facilities and livestock.

“The objective of this programme is to accelerate the inclusion of marginalised communities in all spheres socio-economic development, in order to ensure progress towards our national goal of achieving vision 2030,” said /Ui/o/oo.