The maize meal was part of a 100 million Namibian dollar (about 7 million U.S dollars) donation pledged by South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma in 2013 when he visited Namibia.
The Office of the Prime Minister confirmed the spoiled maize meal that was in 254 bags was spoiled in Feb. 2016, before being dispatched to the regions.
In a statement seen by Xinhua Thursday, the Office of the Prime Minister said the maize was kept in a warehouse that belongs to the Disaster Risk Management department in Windhoek.
Tests conducted by the health ministry and a private firm, according to the statement, concluded that the maize meal is not fit for either human or animal consumption.
“The cause of the incidence was undetected leakages in the roof of the warehouse which at the time, was full to capacity,” the statement said.
Even though the bags were neatly packed, the statement also said, water could not be detected because it seeped into the bags.
“Cabinet was informed and directed that such spoiled maize meal should not be disposed immediately, rather the Office of the Prime Minister should establish whether such food could be used for animal feed,” the statement further said.
The Zuma pledge was split into two — 55 million Namibian dollars (about 4 million U.S dollars) was set aside for water sanitation and other programs sustainable in nature, while the other 45 million Namibian dollars (about 3 million U.S dollars) was for drilling boreholes. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana