12 Dec 2014 11:20am
SWAKOPMUND, 12 DEC (NAMPA) The Swakopmund municipality and the Office of the Erongo Regional Governor on Wednesday cleaned up the DRC informal settlement here to avoid scolding from President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
The fact that the president tells others (authorities) to clean their towns cannot be ignored.
However, we already planned to clean the DRC, and will continue to do so, Swakopmund mayor Juuso Kambueshe said when asked whether the cleaning-up campaign is a step to avoid being shamed by Pohamba.
The Head of State recently scolded Okahandja mayor Valerie Aron and Constituency Councillor Steve Biko Boois for not keeping their town tidy.
Pohamba did so while officiating at the opening of the revamped Gross Barmen Resort near Okahandja.
The president is expected to hand over about 76 houses under the national mass housing programme in the DRC informal settlement in January next year.
Kambueshe said some places in that informal settlement are clean because residents clean them, but other places are filled with garbage and need to be cleaned.
He thanked those who keep their places clean, adding that the one-day cleaning campaign took place on International Human Rights Day to indicate that the local authority cares about the rights of its residents.
Some areas like the DRC have skip container bins but others, especially where people settled illegally, do not have garbage bins.
As such, they throw the rubbish anywhere. But let us not forget that Swakopmund has a record of being clean, noted the mayor.
The garbage containers which he was referring to are currently overflowing with trash.
On his part, Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua placed the blame for the dirt squarely at the feet of the municipality.
Speaking at the official start of the clean-up campaign, he said the municipality does not have a programme to clean the DRC at all.
I do not hold my words, and that goes for today as well. The fact that the DRC looks dirty like this is deliberate because the municipality does not clean the place, charged the governor.
In response, Kambueshe admitted that there are no proper cleaning programmes for the area.
He in turn blamed the situation on what he calls political sabotage by some people in the council to keep the DRC dirty for their own unknown agendas.
The towns mayor promised to make things right, and to establish a waste management system for the whole DRC informal settlement.
About 200 residents of the DRC, members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), the Navy and Correctional Services participated in the clean-up activity.