DTA unhappy with re-advertising of HKIA upgrade tender

10 Jan 2016 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JAN (NAMPA) – The president of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) of Namibia, McHenry Venaani has expressed concern over the re-advertising of the Hosea Kutako International Airport upgrade tender.
Speaking on behalf of the party, Venaani in a media statement, said the announcement that the HKIA tender project will be re-advertised and has in fact not been cancelled, “is another indication of the belligerent nature of governance under the Swapo Party.”
President Hage Geingob last month instructed Government through the Ministry of Works and Transport to terminate the awarding of the Hosea Kutako International Airport’s upgrade tender and restart the process under the said ministry.
The termination came as a result of a lack of transparency and conflict in the tender process for the project.
Venaani said the cancellation of the public tender appeared to the DTA to be a rare instance where the ruling party and its top leadership heeded the public’s objection on a matter of public interest.
He also noted that the DTA had also publicly stated that the funds allocated for HKIA upgrade initiative could have been spent on rehabilitating and upgrading of the country’s rail and road infrastructure network.
The party believes that this would have been a more effective investment decision, considering the close to N.dollars 3 billion expansion of the Walvis Bay Harbour, and the fact that Namibia through its main port is considered as an entry point into the southern African region.
The official opposition party also questioned where the N.dollars 9 billion funds would be sourced from for the HKIA upgrade project, noting that government debt has recently reached a 35 per cent threshold and further indebted the country.
“This is because it is unlikely that Namibia’s tourism volumes will grow to such an extent that it warrants such major upgrading of the main international airport, and Windhoek is neither the main financial nor the business hub in southern Africa,” he stated.
The DTA of Namibia further implored President Hage Geingob and his administration to cancel the tender for the upgrading of the HKIA altogether.