Ministries make payments for water connection in Katima

10 Feb 2016 18:20pm
KATIMA MULILO, 10 FEB (NAMPA) – The Directorate of Works in the Ministry of Works and Transport here has been given 30 days to honour its promise to clear its rates and taxes bill incurred in 2015 with the Katima Mulilo Town Council.
The works directorate is among several other Government directorates that had their water supply disrupted on Wednesday last week due to high water debts with the municipality.
The council’s chief executive officer Charles Nawa told Nampa on enquiry Wednesday that the Works and Transport Ministry made arrangements with the council to have its water reconnected on the promise that it will clear its arrears amounting to N.dollars 3.8 million.
“This is ample time for the ministry to honour its promise to pay up and clear its debt. We have given them a month to do so or face water disruptions again,” he said.
Nawa added that the Ministry of Safety and Security which runs the Katima Mulilo Police Station has cleared its debt of N.dollars 157 000.
Last week’s water disruption at the police station saw over 80 trial-awaiting inmates going on a hunger strike as their toilets could not flush.
The taps of the Katima Mulilo State Hospital were also closed, but the Ministry of Health and Social Services made a commitment to this week settle the invoices of November 2015 and January 2016, which show arrears of N.dollars 800 000.
Business at the Katima Mulilo Open Market, which is outsourced by the council, also went back to normal after its management made a payment of N.dollars 30 000. The market’s arrears run over N.dollars 300 000.
Nawa told this agency that the Katima Mulilo sports complex, which falls under the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, is still without water. The arrears at the sports complex amounts to N.dollars 170 000, accumulated between December 2015 and January 2016.
The forestry directorate under the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, is still without water as it is yet to pay up the arrears of N.dollars 400 000.
Nawa claimed the forestry directorate is ignoring the council demands, and instead draws water directly from the Zambezi River.
“That directorate (forestry) is totally ignoring our payment demands. This has been the case with them many times where they fail to settle their arrears,” he said.
Nawa added that the business complexes within the council boundaries have also started clearing their outstanding bills of a combined N.dollars 16 million.