17 Sep 2013 08:10
OPUWO, 17 SEP (NAMPA) - The community of the Otuani village has started with meetings to organise themselves towards becoming a settlement and the main centre of the new Opuwo Rural Constituency.
During a visit by Nampa to the Otuani village, situated about 80 kilometres south-west of Opuwo, the headman and several business owners expressed delight at having their village selected as the main centre of the constituency.
Recommendations by the Fourth Delimitation Commission handed over to President Hifikepunye Pohamba last month stipulate the creation of one more region and 14 new constituencies, including the Opuwo Rural Constituency, with the constituency centre at Otuani.
The Chief of the Ongango village, Hijazomanga Musaso, under whom Otuani village falls, told this agency on Saturday the community held a meeting last Wednesday to share information on the anticipated developments at their village.
We shared information on the advantages and disadvantages attached to the development, he noted.
Musaso said community members were very happy with the idea of their village being the main centre of the constituency, and agreed to cooperate in all aspects towards realising this very important development.
According to the chief, the main issue was the relocation of livestock out of the Otuani village to the nearby villages of Ondera and Omao to make way for development when it is required, which community members agreed to.
It is not likely that people will refuse development because it creates more opportunities for us old people, as well as job opportunities for the younger generation, he stated.
With their village declared the main centre of the constituency, the community of Otuani is, amongst others, hoping to get a police station, an agricultural centre, as well as an upgrade to their school.
The local primary school accommodates Grades One to Seven learners, and residents hope that this could be changed so that the school can go up to Grade 10.
The village is electrified as part of the rural electrification programme.
Otuani already has a clinic, three general dealers which sell food and other basic necessities, small informal vehicle garages, where vehicles are repaired and donkey carts and trolleys made on the spot.
The Otuani Copper Mine, which is situated about four kilometres from the village, has a staff complement of 50 employees.
Meanwhile, a delegation from the Otuani community visited Kunene Regional Governor Josua //Hoebeb on Friday to, amongst others, invite him to visit their village on 28 September, the same day that a meeting will take place about the Ombujokanguindi Conservancy in their village.
Uaturumika Tjiumbua, who headed the delegation, said the community also wanted to assure the governor of their cooperation in the endeavor to make their village the main centre of the constituency.
They also want to inform him about several things they consider priority in the development of their village.