Namibians Should Fight Poverty in Unity – Kameeta

Namibians should reach out to each other and fight poverty and injustice in unity.

Speaking on the sidelines of the two-day Ecumenical Social Community Action (ESCA) Symposium in Windhoek on Thursday, Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Bishop Zephania Kameeta, said no one should be hungry. He reiterated the theme of President Hage Geingob’s inaugural speech that no Namibian should feel left out.

“Nobody must feel left out and I can also say no organisation must feel left out. Let us pull together against poverty and injustice.

“Let us work together – the government, churches and other faith-based organisations, as well as people of goodwill – to fight poverty,” he noted.

Namibia, in general, is enjoying peace, stability and a steady improvement in its development agenda, but is still challenged with the unequal distribution of wealth, unemployment, distribution of water, electricity and sanitation to all, and rural development.

According to the National Planning Commission (NPC)’s Poverty Mapping Report issued in April 2015, more than half of the Namibian population is estimated to be poor. Namibia has a population of approximately 2,1 million people.

Kameeta did not mince his words on corruption, corrupt officials, kickbacks and bribery at the expense of the poor, saying Namibia should eliminate corruption as a matter of urgency.

He applauded some individuals who approached his ministry on how to start soup kitchens, donate blankets and other needy items to the poor.

Kameeta expressed concern about the future of the Namibian child and called on citizens to leave a better Namibia for their children and grandchildren.

“This generation owes it to the coming generation to leave a better Namibia behind. We must not let our children and grandchildren suffer or live in a Namibia that is completely destroyed.

“Let us stand together for a better future for our children and our country,” he urged.

The symposium is taking place under the theme ‘Contemporary issues facing church and society’.

The Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) and the Helsinki Deaconess Institute (HDI) organised the event, which ends Friday.


Source : The Namibian