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More households in need than projected in Kavango East: Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

The Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the number of beneficiaries that were expected to benefit from the drought relief program in the Kavango East Region is much greater than expected.

The Prime Minister said this during the Presidential Town Hall meeting held here on Friday, where President Hage Geingob met with the resident of the region to give feedback on state issues.

The PM said a number of households that needed support under the drought relief program in the region are much greater than it was initially estimated noting that a total number of 2325 households were registered to benefit from the program.

However, it was later discovered that a total number of 23 943 households show to be needing support from the program, stressing that an increase in the number of households that need support has created a challenge of a deficit on the drought relief budget.

She said although the food was delivered based on the initially identified households, there is a need to raise additional funds by the end of August to cater for those in need noting that it was also important for people above the threshold to give chance to those in need.

'It has now become very important for us to embrace the call to allow those that are most destitute to receive the food under the program in order for us to ensure that no one dies of hunger as a result of this drought,' appealed Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

The Prime Minister further explained that the Government had previously approved a budget of over N.dollars 570 million whereby N.dollars 400 million was sourced from internal sources allocating an additional N.dollars 150 million from Government.

She said Government also went out to appeal for donations from Government, international organizations, corporate entities here at home and through that, it has been able to raise an additional N.dollars 104 million noting that even with the additional pledges and donations received, it is still short of what is needed to fully cater for the needy as confirmed through registration.

The Prime Minister further reiterated on the call by Government for all Namibians to contribute saying that individuals can contribute two percent of their basic annual salary like how others have done in which she commented on those that have pledged to do so.

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Publication:The Namibia Press Agency NAMPA (Windhoek, Namibia)
Date:Aug 10, 2019
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