Kandjoze wants Okahandja Town Council's finances investigated

18 Aug 2016 12:10pm
OKAHANDJA, 18 AUG (NAMPA) - Minister of Mines and Energy, Obeth Kandjoze wants the finances of the Okahandja Town Council to be thoroughly investigated.
Kandjoze said this on Wednesday at the signing of a joint venture agreement by the Okahandja Municipality and Central North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) for the distribution of electricity to residents of the town.
The signing ceremony took place at the chambers of the Okahandja Municipality.
“The Ministry of Mines and Energy is highly concerned with the inability of the Okahandja Town Council and some local authorities to manage and operate their electricity supply undertakings efficiently,” said Kandjoze.
The Okahandja Town Council owes NamPower N.dollars 48 million for bulk electricity supplied to residents in the past.
Cenored would, as from Wednesday, take over from NamPower the distribution of electricity to Okahandja residents.
Kandjoze however said the town council’s finances should be thoroughly investigated to determine the real reasons for the council’s inability to honour its electricity bulk supply payment to NamPower.
Kandjoze said a report on the investigation findings should be submitted to his office within three months from Wednesday.
He furthermore said the Ministry of Mines and Energy will not continue to bail out local authorities because of their inability to properly manage funds that are meant to cover the electricity costs.
Kandjoze stressed that his ministry is concerned about what happens to funds collected by local authorities from their customers for services rendered.
On his part, Okahandja mayor, Johannes Hindjou said the agreement between his town council and Cenored is “a dream come true” as he wants to see all informal settlements at the town to be supplied with electricity.
Okahandja has more than 24 000 residents.