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Uukolonkadhi Authority donates food, clothes to Angolan refugees

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Unruly Angolan refugees will be deported to their country, the secretary of the Uukolonkadhi Traditional Authority, Malakia Shoombe, warned whilst speaking to Angolan nationals camping at Etunda village in the Omusati Region on Thursday.Shoombe led a d…

Unruly Angolan refugees will be deported to their country, the secretary of the Uukolonkadhi Traditional Authority, Malakia Shoombe, warned whilst speaking to Angolan nationals camping at Etunda village in the Omusati Region on Thursday.

Shoombe led a delegation of Uukolonkadhi traditional leaders to Etunda near Ruacana to donate food and clothes from his authority to the Angolan refugees, who have been camping for food handouts at the village’s growth centre since the beginning of last month.

His warning followed reports of violent male refugees allegedly being unruly and threatening to attack people with pangas Wednesday night.

“Identify the culprits so they can be dealt with and deported. You must behave as guests and not as fugitives,” Shoombe urged.

The Uukolonkadhi Traditional Authority donated bags of maize meal, mahangu, macaroni, sugar, cooking oil, tinned fish, clothes and shoes to the group.

Caretaker of the refugees and Etunda resident, Peneyambeko Josef told Nampa during the handover that several individuals, business people, organisations and the Namibian Government have thus far donated food to the camping Angolans.

The Angolan nationals fled to Namibia as a result of starvation over the past three years due to lack of rain.

Josef said Angolans continue to flock in on a daily basis and the current group includes 375 children, 123 babies, 30 elderly men and 17 women, 150 youth and 25 expectant mothers.

“We don’t want to remain depending on food handouts and therefore, anybody able to offer us employment is free to do so,” spokesperson of the refugees Muvalu Mwadjendavi stated, adding that Namibians have been hospitable since their arrival in the county.

Oukwanyama traditional councillor for the Ohaingu district, Nghidinihamba Ndilula recently donated 50 bags of maize meal and slaughtered a cow for the group at Etunda.

Source: Namibia Press Agency