07 Jul 2013 10:40
SNYFONTEIN, 07 JUL (NAMPA) - Berseba Constituency Councillor and Member of Parliament (MP) Dawid Boois and some residents of Snyfontein village on Saturday alerted the police about the alleged abuse of Government vehicles at Keetmanshoop.
Speaking at a community meeting held at Snyfontein, Boois said he was informed by some residents there that two Government vehicles in Keetmanshoop are allegedly being used for private business.
?The police must investigate these allegations and make sure that State property is not abused by individuals for personal gain. It is suspected that they are using them to transport their families to work and school, or for hunting,? the councillor said.
Boois requested the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Deputy Station Commander at Keetmanshoop, Sikokwani Kennedy Mwala who was present at the meeting to look into the matter.
Some residents who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity at Snyfontein revealed that one of the vehicles which is allegedly being misused is from the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement.
The other vehicle is said to be from the Directorate of Rural Water Supply in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
Two more people also informed this news agency on Sunday there are complaints about the abuse of the Ministry of Lands vehicle.
Boois attended the meeting to give the community feedback about a petition handed to him by residents of Snyfontein on 26 June. He was asked to forward the grievances to President Hifikepunye Pohamba and Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Charles Namoloh.
The residents alleged in the petition that they are being sidelined by the recognised /Hai-/Khaua Traditional Authority under which Snyfontein and Berseba fall.
The petition stated that because the alleged affected individuals support the unrecognised Goliath Traditional Authority instead of the /Hai-/Khaua Traditional Authority, they allegedly do not benefit from Government development programmes such as the Namibia-German Special Initiative.
They also accused the recognised authority of allocating land to only those who support them.
The traditional authority however denied this, saying they do not discriminate against anyone.
Boois said some of the answers he managed to get is that all citizens of Namibia have the right to land and should benefit from all Government programmes aimed at improving their lives.
Snyfontein is situated some 60 kilometres north-west of Keetmanshoop.