Shitongeni defends alleged missing N$11 million

13 Nov 2015 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 NOV (NAMPA) – Outgoing chairperson of the Khomas Regional Council (KRC), Zulu Shitongeni, Friday defended a report from a weekly newspaper that stated N. dollars 11 million disappeared from the regional council without a trace.
“The truth is that the N.dollars 11.18 million alleged to have disappeared is not even missing. The money was used in the upgrade of the sewer network in Groot Aub, a project funded by the Trust Fund for Regional Development and Equity Provision,” he explained at the closing of the regional council (RC) for the year 2015.
The article was published last month.
Shitongeni further stated that the RC only played a facilitating role in the implementation of the project with a limited role of issuing completion certificates to the trust fund in order to effect payments to suppliers and contractors.
“This means that the trust fund paid suppliers directly and the money earmarked for this project was never transferred to the RC’s accounts. In fact, the Auditor-General’s report, which was cited as the source of this report, did not mention any money missing at the RC. Instead it said we have failed to disclose the money which we never received from the trust fund,” he clarified.
Shitongeni, who served as councillor for the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency and the KRC chairperson; Windhoek Rural Constituency councillor, Frederick Arie; Windhoek East Constituency councillor, Nicolaas Kruger; Samora Machel Constituency councillor, Abisai Angula and Katutura East Constituency councillor, Elina Ndapuka were all sworn in in 2010 and will leave office after the 2015 RC and Local Authority (LA) elections slated for 27 November.
Shitongeni said he is very pleased with the strides made by the council in fighting poverty and making Khomas “the best region to live in” for the past five years.
“As a team, we have worked hard to make sure that Government programmes are implemented.”
He applauded some of the resolutions that were deliberated on during the council meetings of the five-year term, noting that resolutions were passed to implement programmes aimed at improving the living standards of people in the Khomas Region.
Some of the achievements the council has accomplished over the past five years, according to Shitongeni, is the construction of more than 100 classrooms in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for classrooms in the region, especially for Grades one and eight, and the new secondary school that will be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2016 in the Otjomuise residential area of the capital.
“Other new schools are also under construction such as the Otjomuise Primary School, Havana Primary School, Havana Secondary School and Mix Primary School in the Mix Settlement area.”
The KRC also managed to control a cholera outbreak and introduced HIV counselling and testing services at all health facilities in the region.
He said so far, Khomas has reached a treatment success rate of 93 per cent, well above the World Health Organisation (WHO) target of 90 per cent.
Shitongeni also highlighted that scarcity of land for both businesses and residential purposes; the looming water crisis in the region; urbanisation; increasing crime rate and decentralisation of functions are some of the challenges the RC faced during his term.
The councillor concluded the official occasion by reminding all Namibians to go vote during the upcoming RC and LA elections slated for 27 November 2015.