BERSEBA, 08 JUL – “Afrobarometer, we will continue to serve our people and we as a government will not be discouraged, we shall never quit in serving our people,” Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Zephania Kameeta said on Friday.
Kameeta made this remark at the handing over of 28 houses to Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia beneficiaries at Berseba, which took place as part of the village’s Goat Expo.
An Afrobarometer survey carried out in November 2017 found that the government is doing little to address unemployment and poverty. The findings of the survey were released last week.
Afrobarometer is a pan-African independent, non-partisan research network that measures public attitudes on economic, political and social matters in Africa.
“What we are doing as a government is not directed by Afrobarometer. Let the Namibians who are not happy be so, but as for us here, we will continue in the path breaking poverty. We thank God that he gave us this president, President Hage Geingob, with his ideas and passion against poverty,” Kameeta said.
He added he does not understand the “so-called academic research as it is very clear that it has an agenda to turn the people of this country against the government and for the citizens not to work with the government in place”.
Speaking at the same event, Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Derek Klazen concurred with Kameeta, saying he does not know what the agenda of Afrobarometer is.
“Who sent them and where are they coming from? They just want to pump lies into the people of this country and discourage the good work the government is doing.”
Klazen continued: “While they are trying to discourage us and trying to educate our people to be against the government, as government we will do good, we will do our best, we will provide houses, we will fight poverty and move forward under the leadership of our president.”
He said the research was the opinion of a few people out of the over two million people in the country.
“The honest truth is that that is an opinion of a few made as if it is the whole country’s opinion. They interview maybe 1 000 people and turn it into a percentage and make as if all the people in the country have spoken,” the deputy minister said.
Klazen urged Namibians to “be vigilant and not allow these people to come and destroy Namibia”, adding: “We must stand and fight for our country with our president.”