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Minister’call for children committees
31/10/16
Minister 'call for children committees The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Slumber Tsogwane has called for the establishment of children’s committees in an attempt to address or help children deal with issues affecting them. He said this when addressing a Kgotla meeting last week in Kalakamati to brief them on latest developments especially the newly introduced electronic voting machine, children’s Act and Economic Stimulus progress.

Minister’call for children committees

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Slumber Tsogwane has called for the establishment of children’s committees in an attempt to address or help children deal with issues affecting them. He said this when addressing a Kgotla meeting last week in Kalakamati to brief them on latest developments especially the newly introduced electronic voting machine, children’s Act and Economic Stimulus progress.

When giving his welcome remarks Kgosi Jenaliso Tshupoeng of Kalakamati thanked Hon. Tsogwane for his visit and also appreciated the ESP projects and poverty eradication programs that were done and some are still ongoing in their village. He however requested that in the midst all these projects, the Government should also consider buidling houses for the tribal administration officers as they have been crying of lack accommodation.

As the Ministers are going around the country to assess progress on different government projects, many people complain of not being included on the first batch of ESP, he however edged those who have not yet been included in any developments to be patiet as they will benefit from the second phase and urged the youth to take these opportunities serioulsy advising those who win tenders to buy local products.

On the Children’s Protection Act, the Minister highlighted that children need to be protected and raised well into dignified and responsible human beings. He noted that children are facing abuse especially sexual in families where children are adopted and such mistreats should be reported to the relevant authorities and action taken against the perpetrators. He said there is need for village children’s committees to be formed to help children deal with issues affecting them.

He explained the Children could form their Children’s consultative forum where children can come forth with their problems and a national children’s council which will be the Head, and council secretaries and district commissioner could be responsible for the running of these committees and ensure their smooth running.’’

Lastly, the Minister touched on the new Electronic Voting Machine and assured residents that they have been to India where the machine is manufactured and they have no reservations that it’s a good transformation. International Electronic Commission had invited the Ministry officials, heads of department and heads of political parties to Namibia to benchmark on this machine.

“We have seen the machine, and issues of network have been clarified, it works just fine like a calculator.” He added that the machine will reduce congestion, as it automatically read votes and challenges of cross votes will be no more.

Hon. Tsogwane assured residents that all their requests such as accommodation for public servants will be addressed as they are aware of the situation and government is doing everything possible to resolve them.

 

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