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THE office of the Erongo regional governor Neville Andre donated food parcels to Walvis Bay fishermen who have been unemployed for about five years.
The fishermen are waiting to be re-employed, as they were promised. The governor showed up outside the Kuisebmond stadium on Monday morning, where the fishermen have gathered every day for five years with a truck full of groceries for them.
“We decided to give the food to the fishermen while they are waiting to be employed. We have been in contact with their representatives of the union negotiating on their behalf. I also went to see where they stay. I came to inform them that the situation of them being re-employed is receiving the urgent attention of the minister, and that it is progressing well.
“He will give them the answer on being re-employed very soon,” said Andre.
The governor appealed for patience from the fishermen, saying he understood how hard it is for them, as they had been out of employment for very long. He also thanked them for being organised and always negotiating peacefully.
The president of Namibia Fishing Industries and Fishermen Worker's Union, Daniel Imbili, thanked the governor's office for the donation.
“I thank the governor for organising this. We appreciate that the government is thinking about the well-being of the fishermen. I am asking for patience until the minister comes with the answer. I will only have peace of mind when I see that no children are left behind in terms of education, and no family goes hungry.
“I thank the committee for working hard on behalf of the group and urge the group to listen to them, and to use the right channels when things become tough,” said Imbili.
The deputy chairperson of the Fishermen's Standing Committee, Otto Uutoni thanked Andre and Imbili for their continuous support.
“We appreciate the governor's efforts. It is not easy. You have a lot of work, but you never told us that you are too busy for us. I call you at any time, and you have always had time for us. To the unionist, comrade Imbili, we had a lot of difficulties but you have always been here for us,” he said.
The 240 food parcels comprising maize meal, tinned fish, sugar, cooking oil, tea and cosmetics, were made possible through assistance of members of the business community.
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Taati is our freelance journalist based at the coast of Namibia.