RUACANA: Some drought-affected community members of the Ruacana Constituency are not happy with the manner in which drought relief food is being distributed.
Thomas Kalumendu, a member of the drought relief food distribution committee at the Okomikambo village, situated about seven kilometres east of Ruacana, said the distribution of maize meal from Government was not making sense.
He told Nampa on Tuesday that each household was given two bags of 25 kg maize meal in the first round, but it makes little impact on the intended relief.
Kalumendu, who has eight children, said they consumed one bag of maize meal in only four days.
“We are not sure when the next round would be distributed, so we are just waiting indefinitely,” he noted.
The maize meal was distributed together with one bag of potatoes (1kg), but many households were left out after the potatoes from the Etunda Irrigation Project which were donated as a supplement to the maize meal, got finished.
Another member of the community at the Otjovanatje village, Peter Munepapa, said the two bags of maize meal are not meeting the needs of the households at all.
“Some families are more than 20 in one household. How long will 25 kg maize meal last in such a case?” he wanted to know, suggesting that a formula for awarding food be worked out that takes into consideration the number of people in each household.
Munepapa added that the intention of Government is good to give them food, but the fact is that the food does not last long.
Mbahuma Uontombi of the Ovikokola village shared similar sentiments about the two bags of maize meal not being enough for his 18-member family.
The first people to benefit are pensioners, people with disabilities, pregnant women, lactating mothers, children under the age of six, and identified households or individuals who are not old but are struggling economically.
The drought relief food in Kunene is distributed each month, and will end in February next year.
Other people who are not falling in those categories can also benefit from drought relief food through the food-for-work or cash-for-work projects.
They are required to organise themselves and build roads from their villages to the main roads, or build earthdams in exchange for money or food.