Omaruru residents not happy with municipality tariff increase

18 May 2017 18:40pm
OMARURU, 18 MAY (NAMPA) - Omaruru residents are not happy with the Omaruru Town Council’s decision to increase tariffs for services at the town.
The council recently announced that it will hike charges on services by five per cent for the 2017/18 financial year.
Omaruru Town Council acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elifas Amunyela told Nampa after a community meeting on Sunday that council is proposing the increase to recoup costs, citing dire financial constraints.
The municipality is recovering from a two-year drought that had many capital projects put on hold, or delayed.
According to residents, the proposed tariff increase comes with no new capital projects to cater for the socio-economic development for the youth and the elderly.
During the community meeting, residents also expressed their grievances concerning the manner in which land is allegedly allocated at the town, with the elderly claiming it has become increasingly difficult for them to get land.
“Council is sending the elderly from post to pillar for decades in search of land. Look to the elderly; we are also citizens,” senior citizen Frans Gaseb told local authority councillors present at the meeting.
Another resident, Kayla Kooper highlighted the plight of civil servants who can afford to buy land, but are not given the opportunity to do so.
According to Kooper, many civil servants do not qualify for low-cost housing schemes such as that offered by the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia savings groups as they are deemed to earn above the permissible limit.
Kooper said they find it difficult to secure decent houses for themselves.
Omaruru Constituency Youth Forum’ chairperson Serron Nghoshi also called on municipality to upgrade local municipal facilities and to create youth-centered initiatives.