10 Mar 2015 17:20pm
MBURU-URU, 10 MAR (NAMPA) - The district road from Tondoro-Kamupupu to Mburu-uru was officially inaugurated on Tuesday.
Works and Transport Deputy Minister Kilus Nguvauva inaugurated the road at the Mburu-uru village in the Kavango West Regions Tondoro Constituency, situated some 130 kilometres (km) south-east of Rundu.
The gravel road was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 30 million. Work on the road started in 2006 when members of the surrounding communities started de-bushing the area. It was proclaimed a district road in April 2008.
Nguvauva said the government is committed to providing a safe and efficient road network which is vital to facilitate economic growth, especially in the agricultural and tourism sectors.
Good road networks are the lifeline of any economy and this road will enable small farmers to sell their produce to town frequently which will earn them profit for their livelihood, he said.
The deputy minister stated that a good road network reduces accidents and fatalities.
He indicated that with the completion of the road, people will execute their work efficiently with minimal time.
The 22km-long Tondoro-Kamupupu to Mburu-uru road serves a large community of small-scale farmers whose livelihood depends entirely on farming activities.
On her part, Kavango West regional governor Sirkka Ausiku said the regional council has identified the Mburu-uru village as a growth point, where they are currently busy constructing the Tondoro Constituency Office.
She stated that the road will therefore function to support economic growth to Mburu-uru and to the region in general.
It will continue to be a community asset and I now urge all our community members and road users to take care of it by reporting vandalism to the Namibian Police and the Roads Authority for the law to take its cause, stressed the governor.
She noted that the remaining portion of the 30km road which leads to the Charlie cut-line is however still sandy, adding that the regional council has already requested the extension of the road between Mburu-uru and Charlie cut-line to be upgraded from sand to gravel standard.
The road which was constructed by the Ongombe Safaris and Logistics construction company, created about 350 temporary jobs mainly to young people.