OPUWO: The Consulate General of Angola based in Oshakati, Dr. Pedro Walipi Calenga called on the Angolan nationals living in Namibia to organize themselves into committees or associations and benefit from funds earmarked for assisting them.
Dr. Calenga was speaking to about 120 Angolan descendants in Namibia who gathered in Opuwo Town on Sunday to receive the massage from him.
“We as the Angolan Government Representative here want to help our people who are subjected to different challenges and faced by difficulties here in Namibia. As a result we need you to be organized for this planned assistance to be channeled to you,” said Dr. Calenga.
According to Dr. Calenga the associations or committee should have ten members who are of Angolan origin, with Namibian nationality documents to be able to open bank accounts and be a link between the consulate in Oshakati and the Angolan nationals living in Opuwo.
Dr. Calenga called on the Angolan community living in Namibia to be committed and to work hard in making the association successful.
Angolans living in Kunene had been in the news for suffering mostly after an Angolan national dies in the Hospital or at home and they don’t have coffins or even families who have to organize the funeral or the transportation of the cops to Angola or tracing of family members.
The funds according to Dr. Calenga would assist in acquiring coffins, paying for patients fees of Angolan nationals living in Namibia affiliated to that committee or association or their family members.
According to Grace Estevao the translator of the Consulate, the Angolan nationals who have to benefit from the fund have to be registered with the planned association and have to contribute as an affiliated member to the association or committee.
“The beneficiaries have to contribute as little as N.dollars 5 to N.dollars 20 per month to insure that the fund is not depleted, while the Consulate is also putting in funds in the same account to be channeled to the community,” said Estevao.
Estevao told Nampa that these associations are just being revived as they were there in the past and died natural deaths.
The same committees or associations of Angolan people living in Namibia have been revived in Oshana region, Omusati, Ohangwena and Oshikoto region in July this year.
It is also through these associations that the Angolan nationals living in Namibia would be assisted in being repatriated or helped in applying for proper Namibian citizenship documents.
The Opuwo association of Angolan Nationals was not formed after the members who attended where not happy about the attendance and the way the meeting was convened and requested for a postponement for all people to be well informed about the meeting.
The next meeting to elect the ten people who would spearhead the association would be held in Opuwo on 19 August this year.
An organizing committee of six people was elected at the meeting on Sunday to insure that all Angolan nationals living in the surrounding of Opuwo are informed to attend the meeting.
Dr. Calenga who is in the consulate office for about five months now, after replacing Jao Alberto Dasilver Gaspar said it will be a disgrace to not implement programs aimed at solving challenges that are faced by their communities.
In the Kunene Region associations would be established in different towns due to the vastness of the region. Other committees or associations in the Kunene Region besides in Opuwo would be at Epupa Falls about 170 kilometers north of Opuwo and at Okangwati settlement about 120 kilometers North of Opuwo.