Tue. Oct 26th, 2021

Maihapa Ndjavera

Last week Cabinet made recommendations to relevant authorities to urgently help revive the Kunene region from the devastating drought. This is because despite good rains received in most parts of the country this year, Kunene received minimal rainfall, which made no significant impact on the livelihood of communities and livestock in the region.

As a result Cabinet directed responsible offices, ministries, and agencies to deal with the proposed recommended actions and to submit their reports to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) by no later than end of August 2021.

Deputy communications minister Emma Theofelus briefed the nation saying that OPM should urgently avail more trucks and helicopters in some cases to ease the challenges of distribution of drought relief in the region.

“OPM should facilitate the installation and rehabilitation of all broken and non-functional boreholes as a matter of urgency and the ministry of education, arts, and culture should provide affected leaners from community hostels who rely on school feeding programmes with additional rationing of food,” the deputy minister added.

Furthermore, in the short to medium-term, which is three months to one year, the deputy minister said OPM was directed to facilitate the drilling of additional boreholes at strategic points, and the environment ministry should consider minimising wild animals, particularly in the Opuwo rural, Sesfontein, and Khorixas areas, to reduce human-wildlife conflicts.