13 Nov 2015 16:00pm
KATIMA MULILO, 13 NOV (NAMPA) The people of Kasika village in the Kabbe South Constituency have appealed to their next constituency councillor to develop the area.
The appeal was made by village headman, Shylock Kamwi on behalf of the community at a meeting organised by the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) during a media tour of drought-stricken areas of the northern and north-eastern parts of the country.
Kasika village is a flood prone area, situated about 100 kilometres east of Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region.
Villagers want developmental projects to be the main focus of their future leaders to be voted into power during the Regional Council and Local Authority Elections set for 27 November 2015.
They highlighted the need for health facilities, boreholes for clean drinking water, and aquaculture projects.
There is life in Kasika but the situation changes when the floods come. We also want development in our areas, said Kamwi.
The headman also called on the government to provide them with clean drinking water and other necessary developmental projects such as proper roads.
Research conducted in 2005 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Sciences on the underground water resources in eastern Zambezi, found that the water is unfit for human consumption because of a high concentration of minerals contained in the soil.
The residents also placed emphasis on health services to be brought to them, since the nearest clinics in the area are at the Mbalasinte and Impalalila villages, about 10 to 15 kilometres away. This distance becomes a problem in terms of health emergencies.
He further said his people also suffer from a shortage of food due to the ongoing drought as a result of a lack of rainfall.
Meanwhile, with the help of the NRCS, the villagers managed to build pit-latrines this year.
NRCS, through its water and sanitation project that was launched in 2013, sponsored the four pit-latrines at the Kasika camp, where villagers flock to during floods since it is situated on higher ground.
However, the chairperson of the community disaster and risk management from the NRCS in the region, Andrew Mukelabayi encouraged all residents to move their belongings and their livestock to Kasika camp before it floods next year.
Clean drinking water remains an area of concern. People are forced to drink water from the Chobe River which is contaminated and in the end people suffer from diarrhoea, said Mukelabayi.
Approached for comment, incumbent councillor of Kabbe Constituency, Raphael Mbala said he has made effort during his term in office to bring development to the area.
He told Nampa in 2012, his office through the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry through its Directorate of Water Supply managed to drill a borehole in the area of Kasika.
It was later discovered that the water there was however not fit for human consumption.
The councillor also said he made some effort to have a clinic built for Kasika, but there was a misunderstanding between the Ministry of Health and Social Services' Directorate of Health in the region and the Zambezi Regional Council in this regard.
He did not shed light on what the misunderstanding between the two parties was.
I don't know what they are saying. Since independence for 25 years, nothing was done including electricity? I couldn't bring electricity from where? I couldn't bring roads from where? It needs to start from somewhere and it is going to them, he asserted.
Mbala further said NamPower has already started installing electricity lines at villages such as Nakabolelwa and Ivilivinzi. He said Government through the Ministry of Mines and Energy will proceed with the second phase from Mabalasinte to Kasika through a sponsorship it received from the European Investment Bank.
Meanwhile, two political parties, the Swapo Party and DTA of Namibia will be contesting the Kabbe South Constituency in the Regional Council and Local Authority Elections slated for 27 November 2015.
The candidates are John Likando for Swapo and Bernard Shamwazi for DTA of Namibia.