CORRECTION: Geingob orders de-bushing

10 Aug 2015 18:10pm

By Sawi Lutibezi
NKURENKURU, 10 AUG (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has ordered residents of the Kavango West Region, particularly unemployed youth, to clear land to form a road from the Mururani veterinary gate to Nkurenkuru.
A proposal for such a road was made by residents of the region through their governor, Sirkka Ausiku. They say it would be a way to create better road infrastructure for the region while at the same time giving people a shorter distance to travel between the two areas instead of having to go via Rundu.
Ausiku informed Geingob of the proposal when she briefed him about the challenges faced in her region at a meeting attended by traditional leaders, local and regional councillors, as well as the president’s delegation here on Saturday.
Situated north of Grootfontein, the Mururani veterinary gate prohibits animal and plant material from passing to southern Namibia.
Addressing a packed hall at Nkurenkuru on Saturday during his familiarisation tour of that region, the Head of State ordered that the road be de-bushed.
He said the region is only two years old and should thus be treated as a special case when it comes to developmental projects.
The Kavango Region was divided into two regions, namely Kavango East and West, by the Delimitation Commission on 08 August 2013.
“Collect all those young people who are unemployed, line them up. We will provide all equipment needed for this exercise,” he said.
The president said the project could take place by way of a “food for work” programme.
He then gave the task of de-bushing the road to Presidential Affairs Minister, Frans Kapofi who was part of his delegation.
Others who accompanied Geingob were Urban and Rural Development Minister Sofia Shaningua, Health and Social Services Minister Bernard Haufiku, and Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa.