//Kharas governor says she is strategic about drought relief distribution

//Kharas Governor, Lucia Basson said her office has put in place strategic measures in distributing drought relief items by involving relevant stakeholders since they are the once directly engage with community.

In an exclusive interview with Nampa here on Wednesday, Basson said early this year her office invited relevant stakeholders to a meeting including the //Kharas Regional Council, the Ministry of Agriculture, Traditional Authorities where she tasked them to collectively identify the most drought- stricken-areas in the region in order to properly distribute drought relief items as expected by the government without any embezzlement.

Basson said this strategy is working perfectly since it leaves no one out adding that the strategic partners meet her on monthly basis and she receives updates on weekly basis.

I am very happy with the stakeholders' involvement in carrying out this noble responsibility to identify the neediest communities as well as the Namibian Defence Force members who assist us with offloading of drought relief consignments, she said.

Basson said the government targeted about 3320 households in //Kharas but the region has so far reached over 5 000 households.

She also emphasised water shortage is a serious concern in the region saying it needs urgent attention.

Water scarcity in the region is a reality especially in areas such as Berseba amongst others. Namibians should really acknowledge the efforts of the government and support the drought relief programme, said Basson.

In a telephonic interview, Karasburg East Constituency Councilor, Dennis Coetzee told this news agency that the measures in place are working adding that the allocated funds cannot accommodate all identified members in his constituency.

We have identified about 1200 households but only 771 were accommodated.

According to Koes resident, 50-year-old Sisan Kido, said the drought relief program reaches the most affected households even though she does not currently qualify for the program.

Also speaking to Nampa was the 49-year-old Senba Fredrik, a resident of Grunau who said he is happy with government efforts of the especially Grunau. Grunau is about 160 kilometres East of Keetmanshoop while Koes is situated about 120 km outside town.

Source: Namibia Press Agency