By Confidente Reporter
DIRECTOR of education in the Ohangwena region has asked Ohameva Combined School principal, Rusa Nakale to explain how within two days she unanimously awarded a tender for the construction of a road leading to the school from the main road in the Okongo circuit at a cost of N$7 200.
Isack Hamatwi explained that the move is not within their mandate adding that because the amount is over N$5 000 for the less than 50- metre road, his approval was necessary.
“The issue is that a road was constructed without my knowing and on top of that I was made to understand that it was not discussed with the board, or with the community of the parents. The construction of a road is not provided for in our regulations so what I have done is having requested the school principal to explain what happened,” Hamatwi said.
Sources close to the school said that the road, which was constructed in a day with poor quality material, said that the principal shelved pressing issues affecting the school such as the construction of a school in favour of the road.
“This matter was not discussed at any level; it’s something that she decided to do by herself. In fact when questions were being asked, she informed staff members that she decided to go ahead with the project whether it was liked or not and that it was not up for discussion,” the sources said.
Contacted for comment, Nakale said that it was necessary to push through the tender within a short period of time saying the constructors were moving out of town at the time.
“I approached the constructors and briefly I told them of my intentions. They told me I needed to act fast because they had completed their job in the area and were getting out of town that same day. So I didn’t think twice. I did what had to be done and we went ahead with the project.”
Nakale further explained that she went ahead with the construction of the road because it was a pressing need, adding that the road leads from the main road to the school grounds which is by the community, learners and staff of the school.
“I realise I will not please everyone but I did this for the good of the school. I did not go to the director because I had no time. I also wrote a letter of apology to the director explaining why I did what I did. Although there are no minutes showing that this matter was discussed, I did explain myself to the director and am in process of doing so again in another letter
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