NAMIBIA’S NATIONAL COUNCIL VOICES FULL SUPPORT FOR POVERTY ERADICATION INITIATIVES

WINDHOEK-- Members of Namibia's National Council, the upper chamber of the legislature, has expressed full support for initiatives and programmes implemented to ensure poverty is eradicated in the country, and are not against the Food Bank.

The council held a media conference here Thursday following a reaction by the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (MPESW), ZephaniaKameeta, on a debate held in the council on Tuesday on the issue of the Food Bank.

The council debated that poverty could not be eradicated by giving people free food and that there were too many people receiving social grants and this would lead to Namibia becoming a country of social grants.

Kameeta on Wednesday lashed out at the NC members, saying that the councillors were probably speaking on behalf of their regions and thus welcomed letters to delete the social grants to those regions.

The Vice-Chairperson of the council, Bernard Sibalatani, said the contribution looked into the social welfare system of Namibia and what the members expressed was that it should be harmonised.

"The sentiment is that there are too many players in the system leaving loopholes for duplication, overlapping and double benefits," he said.

Council members proposed that all social grants come under one ministry under a professional institution like the Social Security Commission (SSC) which can have a database to avoid duplications and overlapping of benefits.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK