Shaningwa warns against bureaucracy

24 Apr 2017 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 APR (NAMPA) – Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa has warned her staff against unnecessary bureaucratic processes and procedures in awarding houses and land to people.
Shaningwa made the call during the ministry’s two-day stakeholder validation workshop on the ministry’s strategic plan for 2017/18 to 2021/22 here on Monday.
She stressed that the ministry had to do away with procedures that do not answer to people’s need for housing.
“We remain steadfast in our resolve to address the backlog in respect of serviced urban land, housing and availability of basic infrastructure to our people, especially the ultra-low and low income groups,” she said.
She also cautioned against power struggles amongst staff members, and called for a change and a mind shift for people to act pro-actively.
Shaningwa asked regional governors to hold their executive officers accountable for funds allocated to various local and regional authorities that have not been used for the implementation of projects, and report back to her.
“I do not want to see money aligned to functions and tasks used for something else,” she said.
Shaningwa also called for the abolishment of the unhygienic and inhuman bucket toilet system which is prevalent in peri-urban communities particularly in the //Kharas and Hardap regions, by the end of this year.
About 780 households were selected in the two regions where toilets connected to the main sewer line will be constructed.
“The problem is very large in scope and also given the limited financial resources and capacity, we have decided to give attention firstly to households that are situated in areas where main sewer reticulation networks exist,” she said.
The workshop which is being attended by Ministry of Urban and Rural Development staff, regional and local councillors and mayors from different regions, ends on Tuesday.