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PDM donates 200 bales to drought-stricken Kunene

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The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) party on Monday handed over 200 bales of hay valued at N.dollars 10 000 to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in aid of the drought situation experienced in the Kunene Region.While handing over the donation, PD…

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) party on Monday handed over 200 bales of hay valued at N.dollars 10 000 to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in aid of the drought situation experienced in the Kunene Region.

While handing over the donation, PDM’s lawmaker Vipuakuje Muharukua said the bales form part of the party's first phase of assisting destitute Namibians in Kunene, with a second phase targeting human beings through the provision of food parcels and other basic needs, to follow.

“Political parties and leaders are there to serve Namibians and when the time calls for emergence and convergence, it is important for us to break our [political] barriers,” he said.

Muharukua also commended the government for its proactive response in addressing Kunene’s drought situation which has gripped the region for the better part of the last 20 years.

“When people are hungry and hurting, we need to come together as a nation to ensure that first and foremost, we alleviate that problem,” he pleaded.

While most of Namibia has received good rainfalls during the rainy season, the same cannot be said about Kunene, parts of Erongo and Omusati, where the rainfall received is below average, leading to a drought.

Executive director in the OPM, I-Ben Nashandi who received the donation on behalf of the government commended PDM for the gesture saying the drought-resilient small stock (goats and sheep) have started dying in big numbers with the rainfall impact assessment showing that Kunene Region has witnessed situations of almost zero-grazing availability in most parts of the region, carcasses of livestock and the dry conditions that are not favourable for livestock farming.

The situation is so dire that it is forcing communities in Kunene to migrate, leaving the comfort of their homes, and away from their livelihoods, the nearby schools, and health facilities in search of grazing.

“Government in response to the dire situation has instituted the drought relief program, which started in Kunene already on 26 February 2021, with immediate food assistance for the displaced farmers and also the distribution of fodders for their livestock,” he added.

More than 15 000 farmers have benefitted from this intervention, with the relief program to continue to all affected parts.

Meanwhile, two government trucks on which the bales were loaded destined for Kunene were dispatched at 10h00, shortly after the handover ceremony.

PDM’s donation comes at a time when the National Assembly has already dispatched a team to Kunene to assess the drought, with a view to finding a lasting solution.

The assessment emanated from a motion by Muharukua, who wants specific budgetary provisions and mitigation measures for Kunene’s perennial.

Source: Namibia Press Agency