Kavangos are not 'bone eaters' – APP
16 April 2021 | Politics
All People's Party (APP) secretary-general Vincent Kanyetu says they will “put sand in the food” of those who continue to treat people from the two Kavango regions like “bone eaters” when it comes to the distribution of the country's resources.
The two regions, despite an abundance of fertile land and the perennial Kavango River, continue to languish at the bottom of the country's poverty charts.
Kanyetu has declared that APP will no longer allow the government to take the people from the two Kavango regions for a ride, saying that they will ensure that the rights and dignity of Kavangos are respected.
A charged Kanyetu made the remarks at a press conference at Rundu yesterday, where he said it appeared that the Swapo-led government was comfortable with the people from the two Kavango regions continuously living in poverty - something he said should be condemned and rectified.
Making reference to the recently announced fishing quotas, whereby Kavango East and Kavango West were awarded 0.6% and 0.4% respectively, Kanyetu said it ws not right seeing that these two regions are the poorest yet they are also the least considered when it comes to the benefit from the resources of the country.
“Look at the fishing quotas, from the first fishing quotas awarded to the people of Namibia to the recent one announced by fisheries minister Albert Kawana, Kavangos are always the last. What nonsense is this? You (government) are saying that the region is the poorest but hence you are living out the region when it comes to benefits. What are we trying to say?” Kanyetu remarked.
“Can we say that the poverty the Kavangos have now is a creation of Swapo-led government or can we say that Swapo is always happy to see the Kavango people swimming in poverty, or can we say it's an idea that Swapo has towards Kavango residents? This nonsense must stop.
“We are 31 years after independence but we are still finding ourselves as sweepers of people's floors, gatekeepers of ministers and that of thieves and their girlfriends. This cannot continue.
“In everything Namibia has even the appointments, we are always regarded as bone eaters, what type of madness is this, so it's about time, whoever thinks that we don't deserve the best, hear it now from APP: Kavangos deserve the best. If you come to our house for your own benefit, we will put sand in your food, whether you like it or not.”