By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa is disappointed by councillors who have failed to implement community projects in their constituencies accusing them of lazing around and sitting on important documentation.
Shaningwa said that the Government intends to construct more than 5 000 toilets in the rural areas as one of the Harambee Prosperity Plan outcomes; but she was afraid that this would not be fulfilled because of the councillors who are not adhering to the Government’s directive.
“Councillors are sitting on documentation papers sent by the ministry to rectify sites to build rural toilets. Councillors what are you doing? Documentation papers are now gathering dust on your desks but you are not doing anything. Please change your attitude,” said Shaningwa. She further urged the councillors to communicate with the ministry officials in a language that they understand better if they cannot express themselves in English, the official language.
According to HPP the construction of the community toilets will complement Government’s drive to end hunger poverty in both urban and rural areas.
The construction of rural toilets will also create economic opportunities for unemployed rural youth and by so doing, indirectly address rural hunger, while similarly addressing sanitation.
In 2010 it was reported that some contractors were involved in a self-enriching scam at Omusati Region when senior management at the regional council, in collaboration with contractors, misappropriated N$20 million by overcharging the Government with inflated prices of N$700 000 for a single non-flushing pit latrine.
It is believed that more than 10 companies were contracted to build some 17 000 toilets in Omusati region.
In 2014, the Oshana region constructed about 800 pit latrines in 10 constituencies.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has constructed more than 500 toilets in each region costing over N$200 million.
This project is said to have been received with mixed feelings as not so many people in the rural areas were happy with the project saying that the toilets raise a horrible stench.
So far, more than 1 000 dry pit toilets have been constructed in Omusati, Ohangwena, and Oshana and Kunene regions.
One of the councillors that Confidente spoke to Kaushiweni Abraham of Ondangwa rural constituency said that all plans are underway for the construction of the pit latrines as all those without toilets had already registered.
“All my people have registered themselves; we are just waiting to hear from the central government. This will be the fourth time that we are constructing community toilets,” said Kaushiweni.
Efforts to get comments from Oshana Governor, Clemence Kashuupulwa proved futile.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015