Political party makes a difference
18 August 2016 | Society
The deputy minister of health and social services, Julia Kavetuna, the deputy minister of urban and rural development, Derek Klazen, Namibia’s high commissioner to Tanzania, Theresia Samaria, regional councillor, Hafeni Ndemula, and approximately thirty senior citizens from Narraville joined the clean-up exercise.
Party members are assisting with painting, laying interlocks, ground levelling and the construction of a ramp for easy access for the elderly and disabled as well as putting up a notice board at the facility.
These members decided to take a proactive approach and meet government halfway with the Harambee Prosperity Plan that calls for inclusivity and community involvement. Future projects by the branch will include upgrades at Walvis Bay hospital and an effort to make Narraville police station more customer friendly. Initiatives by the branch are funded with money generated from barbeques and donations collected from members of two branches in Narraville.
The occasion coincided with the handing over of 100 blankets to elderly and needy community members by the deputy minister of health and social services, Julia Kavetuna, who encouraged community members to stand up and raise issues of concern through dialogue.
“This is a unique event. It produces an opportunity to come and share with one another. The organisers are members of our political arm and it is actually very rare that things such as these are done with politicians, known for only visiting and wanting votes during election times. Politics is about humanity and therefore I commend you for coming up with this noble initiative to give to the elderly without taking political affiliations into account,” said Kavetuna.
Councillor Hafeni Ndemula thanked the branch coordinators for the outstanding initiative and services in aid of the elderly and community in general.
“These individuals are members of the party and the community. They are the eyes and ears of government. What happens in our communities affects everybody and its wellbeing is everybody’s responsibility. We have to be there for one another,” said Ndemula.
Kavetuna also visited Benita Johannes who was hit by a train on 21 June 2013 and lost her left arm and leg. She handed over a second electrical wheelchair after a family member apparently sold parts of a chair donated and handed over by the deputy minister in May 2015.