Namibia’s president Hage Geingob says that the issue of poverty and income inequality has hampered efforts to have everlasting peace, stability and social justice in the country.
He was speaking at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday night in New York which is running under the theme “Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.”
Geingob said that even though poverty levels have gone down since 1993 from 70 percent to 18 percent in 2015 due to the introduction of a wide range of social safety nets that cover close to 16 percent of the entire population, there was a need to work towards eradicating it completely.
“It is for this reason that we have declared full-scale war against poverty and income inequality. Similarly, we have declared full-scale war against corruption, because corruption is one of the root causes of poverty and inequality,” he said. Enditerm