Regional council sets record straight

11 October 2019 | Local News

A total of 459 households in the Epukiro constituency in the Omaheke region are benefitting from drought relief sponsorships.
This information comes after an article was published in the media that the Epukiro community is still waiting on drought relief.
According to a statement by the Omaheke Regional Council, the Epukiro constituency received 1 837 bags of maize meal (12.5kg in size), 1 837 bottles of cooking oil (750ml) and 6 428 cans of tinned fish (400g) between June and August. “Each household received one bag of maize meal, one bottle of cooking oil and four cans of fish per month, except in August where each household received six cans of fish,” the statement read.
Additionally, the constituency also received 250 bales of fodder for animals.
“This statement serves to clarify and provide facts to this matter as the content of the media report is misrepresentative and harmful to the reputation and integrity of not only the Omaheke Regional Council, but the entire Namibian government.”
According to the statement, all the above-mentioned commodities were issued from the regional warehouse to the Constituency Office on 9 July, 12 July and 21 August 2019 from where the beneficiaries collected it once a month.
“Only 55 bales of grass remain in their storeroom. The office of the Chief Regional Officer has directed the constituency office to distribute the remaining fodder as soon as possible,” the statement read.
The regional council did admit that they had transport challenges, with only one vehicle assigned to the constituency for all operational purposes, including drought relief distribution.
“The office therefore relies on traditional authorities and water point committees to deliver food to the beneficiaries’ houses. The beneficiaries are then required to sign it off, acknowledging that they have received their food. These records are available at the constituency office for inspection by aggrieved persons.”

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