Government on Drought Relief: Donate for the Right Reasons

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has stated that people must not donate towards the drought relief programme whilst wondering if they will benefit.

The Office of the Prime Minister in Windhoek received donations from five companies yesterday, Monday 12 August, which prompted Kuugongelwa-Amadhila to comment.

She said: “You cannot say because I am not receiving a bag of maize meal, I am not benefitting in any way. Every person, corporate entities and the economy in general will benefit from this [sic].”

She further commented that by sustaining the agricultural sector, then jobs could be retained, which enabled taxes to be paid and the “critical services” that the government provides to be continued.

The government put aside N$480 million towards drought relief, which has provided food to households, feed for animals, water distribution and subsidies to vulnerable farmers.

The Chamber of Mines of Namibia, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, the Pupkewitz Foundation and several other organisations have collectively donated just under N$77 million towards the drought relief programme.

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