20 Jul 2015 10:50am
OKOMBAHE, 20 JUL (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development has declared Okombahe as a settlement.
The proclamation process was started by the former Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development.
Okombahe is situated about 70 kilometres east of the Uis settlement in the Erongo Region.
Constituency Councillor for Daures, Ehrnst Katjiku revealed this to Nampa on Wednesday during an interview at his office when he was giving an update of development projects in the constituency.
After more than 20 years of lobbying for Okombahe to be proclaimed a settlement, we eventually received good news last month, he said.
Katjiku added that although Okombahe has a settlement office and was referred to as a settlement before, it was still a growth point pending the official decision which came through last month.
The councillor is excited that the proclamation allows for faster development and provision of further services such as sewerage and water reticulation.
People can now invest in Okombahe without fear. Their properties will be protected as they will have rights to such properties, he said.
Responding to a text message published in the Namibian newspaper in which a resident of Okombahe complained that some elders in the settlement use candles as there is no electricity, Katjiku said that situation will soon be a thing of the past.
In two months time, the Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor company will kick-start the rural electrification process to some of the houses in Okombahe that do not have power. So very soon, our people will have electricity, he assured.
Highlighting other development projects, Katjiku mentioned the paving of the road from the settlement office to the clinic.
Other projects include the re-gravelling of the road between Omatjete and Omaruru, as well as the gravel road from Uis to Omaruru.
He said work on these roads started early this year and is nearing completion.
In the next financial year, we expect the construction of police stations in Okombahe and Omatjete, said Katjiku.
He further said a multi-purpose cultural centre is also nearing completion in Omatjete and will be handed over soon.