The 410 goats were handed over in December last year.
Nampa learnt that most of the recipients of the goats, which was meant to provide them with a sense of ownership, have since sold off most or all of their goats at meagre prices to neighbouring commercial farmers and others.
Each recipient was allocated five goats to farm with.
The recipients argue that they had to get rid of the goats in a bid to put food on their tables.
At a meeting organised by the Office of the constituency councillor, Kilus Nguvauva to present Omaheke Governor Rapama Kamehozu to the Omitara community on Wednesday, the issue of the goats being sold off featured prominently.
One resident who refused to identify himself, but who confirmed receiving the five goats as part of the initiative, told this news agency on the sidelines of the meeting that he was left with no choice but to sell off all his goats as he “was dying of hunger”.
”I had no other option. What is the point of owning goats but I do not have food on the table to eat and go to bed hungry every night? I had to sell the goats so I can get some money to buy food,” he said.
Others, those who slaughtered their goats for meat, also claim poverty drove them to do so.
Both Nguvauva and Governor Kamehozu lashed out at the practice, noting that such acts will derail the progress of the programme and would also not be in the interest of the Omitara community in the end.
Nguvauva warned that some members of the community were not happy with the programme at Omitara and have vowed to derail it by buying the goats so that the initiative could be viewed as having failed.
“We are aware of people, some who even came from far just to come and buy these goats so that the programme could be seen as a failure. They will not succeed in their quest, that is a guarantee,” he told the meeting.
Nguvauva warned that his office has already made progress in tracing where most of the goats were sold to, adding that both the buyer and the seller will be brought to book in due course.
“The goats were not meant to be sold off like that. They were supposed to provide you with something to own, from which you could gain a few years down the line,” he pointed out.
Many recipients spoken to however complained of a lack of browsing land for the goats, as the available land has proven to be too small to accommodate the number of goats.
The settlement of Omitara is squeezed into a tiny triangle by neighbouring commercial farms, with limited land for the upkeep of large numbers of livestock.
Most of its residents; with the exception of a few who work at the clinic, school, Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) offices or the two general leaders at the settlement, are unemployed.