'We are not fighting'

Social grants, tax returns and poor road infrastructure were just some of the issues raised by residents.

18 July 2019 | Government

President Hage Geingob held a town hall meeting in Mariental on Monday, and was in Keetmanshoop yesterday, where he assured residents that his administration is committed to good governance.

He also said where dialogue doesn't exist, people fight, and when diplomacy fails, people go to war.

“We discuss our problems. We are not fighting,” Geingob said in Mariental. Residents raised the issue of social grants, which they said were not enough to take care of their families.

The president agreed that the amount is small, but added the reason they are not coping was because pensioners have to take care of their grandchildren.

The president also said he is aware of the elderly being robbed when they collect their pension, and government is therefore exploring an electronic payment system for pensioners.

Concerns raised by farmers include the complexities of tax returns and poor road infrastructure in the vicinity of their farms.

Presidential advisor on constitutional affairs and private sector, Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi, provided a progress report on the issues that were raised during the last town hall meeting held in Mariental on 9 October 2015.

She pointed out that seven issues had arisen at the time, which included the need for a youth multi-purpose centre at Maltahöhe.

According to her, a number of buildings have been identified and are being rehabilitated for this purpose. Prime Minster Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila informed residents about the drought relief programme.

She told them the programme is designed in such a way to target those whose harvest and income had been affected by drought.

According to her government's response to the drought devastation is to give food rations, which consists of maize meal and mahangu, cooking oil and tinned fish.

STAFF REPORTER

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