Kavango West feels shut off from the world

21 Apr 2017 08:00am
NKURENKURU, 21 APR (NAMPA) – Governor of the Kavango West Region, Sirkka Ausiku on Thursday said her region suffers from a shortage of communication network infrastructure.
Ausiku said many villages in constituencies such as Ncucuni, Ncamagoro, Mankumpi, Musese, Tondoro, Mpungu and Kapako cannot access the Telecom Namibia and Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) networks.
The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation towers are also non-existent in the region.
Ausiku said this during the familiarisation tour of Vice-President Nickey Iyambo to the Kavango West Region.
Iyambo was accompanied by Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa and Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Tommy Nambahu.
“The shortage of communication network makes it difficult for the population of the region to be in contact with their leaders, service providers and the rest of the world,” Ausiku briefed Iyambo.
She explained that there is no way of contacting many essential services, such as ambulances when someone falls really ill.
Wildlife conflict with humans is another big problem in the region, and the community finds it hard to communicate with the relevant authorities.
Ausiku asked Iyambo to urgently look into the matter and for these services to be brought closer to the people.
The governor also informed the vice-president that the region is in need of feeder roads in the inland areas that can connect with national roads such as the Rundu-Mururani, Rundu-Elundu and Katwitwi-Ntsintsabis roads, to allow farmers access for their products to markets.
“Regional economic activities are mainly in agriculture where the majority depend on subsistence farming, thus road infrastructure plays a key role in aspects of agricultural development,” she said.
On his part, Iyambo agreed that communication infrastructure is a must-have for the region, promising to communicate the message to the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya.