Dilapidated police barracks shock Parliamentarians

21 Oct 2013 18:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 21 OCT (NAMPA) - Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Public Accounts and Human Resources were on Monday shocked at the dilapidated state of some police barracks in Keetmanshoop.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social and Community Development are in the //Karas Region to assess issues pertaining to the utilisation of Government accommodation.
As part of their visit, the Parliamentarians inspected all Government houses, single quarters and police barracks in Keetmanshoop on Monday.
“What is this supposed to be, a kitchen or toilet? Are there people staying here? I don’t think so, this is very shocking,” Agnes Tjongarero, member of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, asked while inspecting the barracks.
Most of the rooms where officers stay with their families have broken windows and toilets which are out of order. Amongst other things, the lights in the corridors do not function as there are no light bulbs in the fixtures, while the buildings also need painting.
The Government houses which the Parliamentarians visited were also dirty and had broken windows, doors and sinks, amongst others.
Member of Parliament Moses Amweelo, who is leading the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, also expressed his shock at the state of the barracks and asked why the damage could not be repaired.
The Ministry of Works and Transport is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of all Government buildings, which are done on request by the occupants as they have to report what is in need of repairs.
Responding to questions from the media and Parliamentarians on why the barracks are in such a dilapidated state, Control Works Inspector responsible for maintenance in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Khagu //Hoeseb said the matter was not reported to his office.
“The things are like this because they do not report to us so that we can come and repair. That is the problem we have because people do not approach us, at the end of the day we are blamed,” //Hoeseb said.
Although the Parliamentarians found it difficult to believe that the buildings are not repaired because the ministry was not informed, he stood by his answer.
A police officer who was at the barracks that time told members of the media the damage was reported to the ministry, but there was no response.
The Parliamentarians are also looking at lease agreements, the legality of the occupants, whether the occupants pay their water and electricity bills, and whether the properties are kept clean.
The members of the committees will move on to the Hardap Region on Thursday, where they will carry out similar inspections before compiling a report for submission to Parliament.