WINDHOEK – A group of former members of parliament and retired politicians is working around the clock to solicit financial and material support for the 220 000 flood victims across the country.
The group consists of, among others, retired former deputy Prime Minister Dr Libertina Amathila, former Minister of Works and Transport Helmuth Angula, his then deputy Paul Smit, retired former Prisons Minister Andimba Toivo ya Toivo and former DTA Member of Parliament Johan de Waal.
With the assistance of several NGOs, corporate entities and church groups, they have come up with an initiative christened the Citizens Emergency Flood Relief Campaign, under which financial and material donations would be sought to help flood victims.
Under the name Namibia Cares, the group is urging local businesses to donate whatever they can to the affected people, 9 296 of whom are understood to be have been relocated when their homes got swamped by floods.
With 80 people already reportedly dead due to drowning this season alone, this year’s floods have been described as the heaviest in recent memory, hence the politicians’ timely intervention.
The floods have given birth to an unbearable humanitarian situation in some parts of the country and Namibia Cares believes the victims’ problems can be mitigated if sponsors come on board.
Angula, the coordinator of Namibia Cares, says he and others are trying to meet government halfway in assisting those affected by the floods, a plea recently made by President Hifikepunye Pohamba when he declared the state of emergency due to floods.
“Companies and or wholesale or retail businesses that produce or sell a variety of commodities so desperately needed by the affected persons can make bulk donations thereof in aid of the campaign,” Angula appealed yesterday.
Some companies such as the Pupkewitz group have already pledged to donate tents to house those that have been relocated to 68 relocation centers across the country.
Also, the group yesterday said at least N$6000 has already been collected among the initiators of the project.
Law firm Dr Weder, Kauta and Hoveka Inc undertook to manage any money pledges made towards this initiative.
The law firm would also be responsible for recordkeeping and accounting of any money received, so that every penny is accounted for.
The money should be deposited into the Dr Weder, Kauta and Hoveka Inc Bank Windhoek account, whose account number is 1026 643 801 or its FNB account 6201 677 2578, with reference to Namibia Cares.