Kavango East SORA a political PR exercise – PDM

22 July 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe


Popular Democratic Movement’s (PDM) Timotheus Ndumba Shihumbu says Kavango East governor Bonifatius Wakudumo’s recent state of the region address (SORA) did not speak to the realities on the ground, but was a mere political public relations (PR) exercise.

The parliamentarian said Wakudumo failed to address residents living in poverty and the high youth unemployment rate.

“I must be frank in my assessment that this SORA was misrepresented and premised on a political PR exercise intended to please the residents of the Kavango East Region and those who have self-interest,” he said.

“The governor in his address has dismally failed to present a clear picture of the situation on the ground in our region, although he made some effort in listing the main capital projects which took place, but failed to touch on the condition of the people.

“The governor has not indicated the total population of the region, and to say out of this total how many people are living in poverty, and how many of those living in poverty are in urgent need of assistance,” Shihumbu said.

Covid a joke

“The regional governor failed to state the grim reality of the high unemployment rate among young people in that he failed to give a proper account of direction as well as how to navigate through this challenging time when 70% of our young people are roaming the streets with no work,” he said.

“The governor does not instil in them hope for a better tomorrow. Due to lack of employment opportunities, a lot of our young and productive citizens are forced to go out of the region in search of job opportunities, and this has contributed a lot to the lack of economic growth in the region.”

Shihumbu added that Wakudumo failed to inform the public on how Covid-19 has infiltrated the region.

“Precious lives continue to perish in the region as a result of the Covid-19 virus; the governor merely brushed it off as if this virus is merely a joke,” Shihumbu said.

“Deep in our rural areas our people still do not have the necessary information about the vaccine and why it is important to get vaccinated. We have seen the surge and unprecedented number of new infections and loss of lives, but the governor did not dwell on that or show any concern for the danger faced by our people during this trying time,” he lamented.

A number of youth from the region shared Shihumbu’s sentiments.

Wakudumo responds

When contacted for comment, Wakudumo said his address was themed around agriculture, and added that while everyone is entitled to their opinion, people should be cognisant that agriculture is the strength of the region and it must strengthened to eventually address the challenges facing the region.

“If you look at the theme of the SORA, it is how we can develop agriculture,” he said.

[email protected]

Similar News


1 800 pregnant schoolgirls drop out yearly

1 day - 22 October 2021 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEK About 20 000 Namibian girls dropped out of school since 2008...

Prison wardens are stressed – Hamunyela

1 day - 22 October 2021 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKPrison workers are put under immense psychological pressure, with only about...

N$8bn ready to settle Eurobond

1 day - 22 October 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEK Bank of Namibia governor Johannes !Gawaxab says there is no concern that government will fail to honour its N$7.25...

Damaged skipper truck leaves Rundu streets filthy again

1 day - 22 October 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUThe Rundu town council is faced with filthy streets, where road reserves have turned into mini dumpsites, because the...

Defence ministry slammed for paying August 26 salaries

2 days ago - 21 October 2021 | Local News

STAFF REPORTER WINDHOEKAuditor General (AG) Junias Kandjeke has raised red flags over the relationship between the defence ministry and the controversial military...

Tweya raps agri ministry over knuckles

2 days ago - 21 October 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKFormer trade minister and chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural...

Disabled teen seeks assistance to pursue studies

2 days ago - 21 October 2021 | Local News

Enzo Amuele OTJIWARONGOMetarere Tjihenuna (19) was born with a rare defect, Phocomelia Syndrome, which...

Ompango yekuthemo lyomategelelelo nayi zepo- uuministeli

2 days ago - 21 October 2021 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES OVENDUKAOmpango ontiyali yomomvula yo 1975 tayi ithanwa Abortion and Sterilisation oya...

Opolisi yaMusati molukongo lwoongangala

2 days ago - 21 October 2021 | Local News

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATIOpolisi moshitopolwa shaMusati oya tula miipandeko oongangala mbali dhoka tadhi tamanekelwa edhipago lyomulumentu osekuriti postola yoPep mOnandjaba.Oongangala dhimwe odhili...

NHE hands over 40 houses in Okakarara

3 days ago - 20 October 2021 | Local News

Enzo Amuele OKAKARARAThe National Housing Enterprise (NHE) handed over a total of 40 dwellings built through a public-private partnership in Okakarara on...

Latest News

Heimstädt steering road safety

1 day - 22 October 2021 | Business

Rivaldo KavangaHorst Heimstädt is the CEO of the Namibia Road Safety Forum, a private organisation which does extensive work in the Southern African Development Community...

FNB to strengthen its support...

1 day - 22 October 2021 | Business

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUProparco, a private sector financing arm of Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD Group), granted a EURIZ portfolio guarantee of N$ 68 million to...

Learners don maize sacks for...

1 day - 22 October 2021 | Education

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI Learners at Omuthiyagwiipundi Combined School in Omuthiya are forced to wear maize sacks each time they misbehave at...

Itula changed, says suspended Smith-Howard

1 day - 22 October 2021 | Politics

Staff Reporter WINDHOEKSuspended Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) Swakopmund constituency councillor Ciske Smith-Howard says her party leader, Dr Panduleni Itula, has become...

The face of the southern...

1 day - 22 October 2021 | People

Michelline Nawatises Victoria Ndemupa Muhuura was born in Wavis Bay. She attended at Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Secondary School in the Oshana Region, and...

Zozo’s Leather: Your dream product

1 day - 22 October 2021 | People

Rivaldo Kavanga Celesty Cupido worked in the tourism industry and realised over the years that many Namibian accommodation establishments do not showcase or sell...

Rising like a phoenix

1 day - 22 October 2021 | Business

Mariselle StofbergWilhelmine Mutorwa has used every opportunity she is given to become the best version of herself. For Wilhelmine Mutorwa, giving up has never been...

Africa calls for climate finance...

1 day - 22 October 2021 | Economics

ALESSANDRA PRENTICEAfrican countries want a new system to track funding from wealthy nations that are failing to meet a US$100-billion annual target to help the...

EDITORIAL: We are guilty of...

1 day - 22 October 2021 | Opinion

A lot needs to be discussed in our country – from race and sexual rights to abortion. The country can’t stop talking, even when such...

Load More