N$250k donation was from Kalahari Holdings - Nekongo
04 August 2020 | Politics
Swapo youth wing leader Ephraim Nekongo has clarified that a donation of N$250 000, spent on repairing chairs and desks at a needy school in the Zambezi Region, came from Kalahari Holdings.
Nekongo was responding to a Namibian Sun enquiry after Zambezi governor Lawrence Sampofu, in his State of the Region Address (Sora) last week, indicated that the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) donated an amount of N$250 000 towards the repair of 650 chairs and 650 desks at Tobias Hainyeko Combined School.
While Sampofu gave sole credit to the SPYL for the donation, an earlier statement, after the desks and chairs were handed over, as well as media reports, credited the donation to Swapo-owned company Kalahari Holdings.
In both the statement and media reports, Nekongo was quoted in his capacity as one of the directors of Kalahari Holdings.
At SPYL’s request
Nekongo yesterday explained that although the funds were received from Kalahari Holdings, the donation was made by SPYL.
Nekongo said it was the SPYL who wrote a request to Kalahari Holdings following a visit to the school.
He said Kalahari Holdings responded positively and made N$250 000 available.
“It was a SPYL donation, although it was done by Kalahari Holdings at the request of the SPYL,” Nekongo reiterated.
“When that money was given to us, we then said ‘okay, let us make use of our vocational training centre [VTC] to ensure that they can manufacture those chairs’. We then gave that work to the Zambezi VTC,” he said.