By Aldrin Mukendwa
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has donated 1000 bundles of reeds to a 98-year-old lady, the fire survivor after her court yard was caught-up with fire earlier this month.
It is allegedly that Ms. Helen Mulumeli Siyusinyi (98) who hails from Chinchimani area some 68 kilometres south of Zambezi region, lost her belongings and courtyard after it was attacked by an unfortunate electrical fire, and this incident happened at the time when she was alone in her court yard after her grandchildren left to school.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, former Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister of Trade, now Regional Coordinator of PDM in Zambezi Region Mr. Geoffrey Mwilima, expressed his sincere appreciation to the Chinchimani Community for hosting PDM Members in donating one thousand (1000) bundles of reeds valued at an amount of N$3000, for the construction of the new courtyard for the beneficiary.
“I am grateful for the warm hospitality accorded to my colleagues and myself this afternoon. On behalf of the Popular Democratic Movement, the Official Opposition Party in Namibia, am honoured to hand over building material for the courtyard (LAPA) for our Senior citizen whose houses were destroyed by electrical fires” He noted.
Mr. Mwilima lamented that senior citizens are dependents in the demographic sphere, who solely depends on the working groups and PDM has its party policy to assist those in need of help.
He added that it is prudent for his party to fulfill its mandate, obligation to uphold and implement its corporate social responsibility among the community by aiding or helping in time of unexpected incidents like what happened to the old lady’s court yard.
The victims appreciated the donation since no one helped them as all their belongings were burned inside the houses and old lady who was alone by the time of the incident could not do anything other than screaming for help as the fire was approaching her.
“When it happened, I was just alone in my court yard and I don’t know where the fire came from, I just saw some flames and I realised that it was fire, since am old I could not do anything, I just started screaming for help and those who were near ran to rescue me that is how I survived and with this donation I really appreciate it will make a difference” Ms. Siyusinyi appreciated the help and refuge she received.