Education ministry owes millions to Otjozondjupa services

03 Jun 2017 11:10am
By Mulisa Simiyasa
OTJIWARONGO, 31 MAY (NAMPA) - The Otjozondjupa Directorate of Education office in Otjiwarongo and a school in Grootfontein were without electricity for about five days due to unpaid bills.
The power supply was restored on Monday after the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture paid N.dollars 800 000.
Central North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) disconnected the electricity on 23 May.
Cenored Executive for Corporate Services, Ekonia Mudjanima told Nampa on Monday the directorate owed the distributor more than N.dollars 2,5 million.
Otjozondjupa Regional Education Director, Simon Tsuseb disagerres, saying their records indicate N.dollars 1,3 million owed to Cenored for electricity used in 2016 and thus far this year.
“We have the money allocated to us now and transfers will be made to pay off these debts in order to allow a smooth running of our schools in the region,” Tsuseb told this agency on Wednesday.
The directorate also owes various other institutions money, including caterers, municipalities and Telecom Namibia.
Tsuseb said Heritage Caterers, which supply food to learners accommodated in hostels around the region, had been paid N.dollars 6 million during this week. It is alleged the directorate still owes the company more than N.dollars 5 million.
Tsuseb said his directorate also owes the local authorities of Okahandja, Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Grootfontein money for rates and taxes. He could not provide the exact figures.
The directorate owes Telecom Namibia N.dollars 30 000 and Tsuseb said this amount is small, adding it will be paid this year.
He said his office cannot pay off all debts at once because the directorate is limited on the amount of money it can transfer from its account monthly, but all outstanding debts will be cleared during this year.