Pohamba disappointed by lack of progress on MR 19 road

15 Apr 2014 14:50pm
GOBABIS, 15 APR (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba has expressed his disappointment at the lack of progress made so far on the upgrading of the Gobabis-Aminuis-Aranos (MR19) road.
He was speaking here on Monday during a fact-finding mission on the infrastructure development projects which were initiated last year in the Omaheke Region.
“I’m a little bit disappointed, as I would have wanted to see that progress has been made on the Gobabis-Aminuis-Aranos road, just like the progress made so far on the Gobabis-Otjinene-Grootfontein road,” he stated.
The Head of State launched the construction phase of the Gobabis-Aminuis-Aranos road early in December last year at Aminuis.
Construction work on the N.dollars 1 billion upgrade of the MR19 road to bitumen standard was planned to start in mid-January this year already.
The road covers a distance of about 246 kilometres in total from Gobabis to Aminuis in the Omaheke Region and then from Aminuis to Aranos in the Hardap Region.
At the launch last year, Pohamba dedicated the road upgrade project to the memory of erstwhile OvaHerero leader Chief Hosea Katjikururume Kutako – the father of Namibian nationalism and a resident of Aminuis.
Kutako is credited with waging a tireless battle against Apartheid South Africa’s illegal occupation of Namibia by petitioning for Namibia’s independence at the United Nations (UN).
Pohamba inspected the Gobabis-Otjinene-Grootfontein road earlier on Monday, and said he was pleased to see that construction work there has started.
He said the road will be completed and open for public use in 2016.
The first phase of the project was completed in September 2012, and involved the upgrading to bitumen standard of the 157-kilometre stretch of road between Gobabis and Otjinene at a cost of about N.dollars 400 million.
The Gobabis-Otjinene-Grootfontein road is expected to link the Trans-Kalahari and Trans-Caprivi Highways.
Pohamba pointed out that road infrastructure is crucial for the development of a country.
“Infrastructure development especially in rural areas is very important, and roads must be designed and built to connect villages to towns. Development is a continuous process and now that we are free, we must put up development infrastructure everywhere,” he said.