08 Jul 2016 17:00pm
OSHAKATI, 08 JUL (NAMPA) The Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) consultative meeting for the Oshana Region was called off about two hours after it was supposed to start here on Friday.
Participants, including local heads of Government departments, traditional leaders and civil organisations, had already started arriving at the Leo Shoopala Hall of the Oshana Regional Council from 08h30, only to be told at about 10h20 that the meeting has been cancelled.
Minister of Economic Planning in the Presidency and Director-General of the National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo was also present to address the meeting.
Chief Regional Officer Martin Elago briefly told participants the meeting could not go ahead because the Oshana regional governor Clemens Kashuupulwa was in another meeting at the same time.
Kashuupulwas involvement in the NDP5 consultative meeting is crucial.
A disappointed participant told Nampa the cancellation of this meeting whilst the minister (Alweendo) was already here means somebody did not do their work.
Somebody was sleeping on duty during its preparation or a deadlock was experienced between the office of the minister and that of the governor this morning, the participant argued.
Some other delegates complained of the time they wasted in waiting for hours and the money wasted as a catering company already prepared the food for the tea and lunch breaks.
Sorry for the inconvenience that this cancellation of the meetings has caused to your calendar, said Fillemon Nangonya from Alweendos office, who was responsible for inviting the media, when approached for comment after the meeting had been called off.
Alweendo is scheduled to address NDP5 consultative meetings in the Omusati, Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions next week, starting at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Monday.
NDP5 is set to succeed NDP4 that is coming to an end next March. The meetings are aimed at planning Namibias development journey for the next five years.