Cabinet supports mass housing suspension

25 Jul 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUL (NAMPA) – Cabinet supports the remedial measures taken by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development for the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) to halt construction of houses under the Mass Housing Development Programme.
Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simaata on Friday informed the media on the outcome of the seventh Cabinet meeting held on 21 July 2015, saying that a further briefing will be provided to Cabinet once the legal opinion is received from Attorney-General, Sakeus Shanghala and the assessment report by the quantity surveyors team by or through the Ministry of Works and Transport is complete.
On 27 May 2015, Urban and Rural Development Minister, Sophia Shaningwa directed the NHE to suspend the construction of houses under the mass housing scheme because of a lack of funds.
Simaata said Cabinet also supported Shaningwa's directive for the submission of contracts entered into by and between NHE and contractors, and other reference documents to the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG).
The OAG will analyse the validity of the contracts and provide an opinion on legal and potential financial implications and claims that may arise from any changes that may be found necessary to put the programme in the right direction.
Simaata further noted that Cabinet has directed the Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus ǃNaruseb to expedite the finalisation of the assessment by a team of quantity surveyors appointed by his ministry and for their report to be submitted in the shortest possible time, no later than the end of July 2015.
The deputy minister said Cabinet also took note of progress made in the implementation of Cabinet resolutions on land and related matters.
Cabinet recognises that the Attorney-General is busy engaging various ministries and agencies on the legal implications of the proposed amendments with the view to finalise draft bills.