Uvhungu-Vhungu and Mutengo Mukuru now have clean water

Residents of Uvhungu-Vhungu and Mutengo Mukuru villages now have clean water following the drilling of boreholes in the area.

About a month ago, the nbc News team visited the village, and people were complaining that they had not seen visible development, particularly the provision of water, since independence.

They fetch water from the river at the same spot where they bathe and the cattle drink.

The Councillor of Rundu Rural, Paulus Mbangu, says the drilling of a borehole was delayed by hold-ups in the procurement process.

Goeieman urges government to recognize traditional medicine

The Councillor of Berseba Constituency, Jeremias Goeieman, has called on the government to recognize traditional medicines and regulate their use.

Speaking in the National Council, Goeieman argued that traditional medicines are more affordable and accessible than conventional treatments.

He added that traditional medicines have properties that could stabilize hormones and strengthen the immune system.

Councillor Mbangu calls for implementation of basic income grant for the unemployed

The Councillor of Rundu Rural Constituency in the Kavango East Region, Paulus Mbangu, has suggested that government implement a basic income grant that will cater to every unemployed Namibian and so combat poverty and unemployment in the country.

In his contribution to the national budget for 2023/24 in the National Council, Mbangu emphasized, that the grant would prove crucial to tackling pressing socio-economic issues.

National Council members calls for emergency response to drought

Lawmakers in the National Council have called for an emergency plan to respond to the impending drought, which they say has already affected many due to a lack of rainfall.

The MPs in the House of Review are currently discussing the 2023–2024 budget, referred to it by the National Assembly.

MPs stressed the urgent need for an emergency plan that would provide immediate relief to communities affected by the drought.

Government is committed to empowering rural communities - Shifeta

The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, says the government is committed to empowering rural communities and helping them diversify their agricultural activities.

Shifeta said this when he handed over a Moringa processing machine to the Likwaterera Community Forest in Kavango East's Rundu Rural Constituency.

The Likwaterera Community Forest is expected to produce moringa from its 10-hectare farm to be processed at the plant.