Rehoboth spiritual leaders to hold peaceful protest

07 Sep 2017 18:40pm
REHOBOTH, 07 SEP (NAMPA) - Spiritual leaders under the Ecumenical Council of Churches (ECC) in Rehoboth will on Friday stage a peaceful protest against alleged poor service delivery and corruption by the Rehoboth Town Council (RTC).
The protest will take place under the banner ‘Rehoboth in Mourning’ to amongst others address the lack of proper sanitation infrastructure and basic services, and the poor condition of roads.
Protesters will march from the traffic lights at Woermann Brock to the town council premises.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Pastor Dean du Toit of the Paulus Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) said residents have been patient despite poor service delivery and alleged corruption.
Another issue is the large amounts of money owed to bulk utility providers NamWater and NamPower by the town council.
Du Toit said Rehoboth residents have suffered enough.
“The inability of the RTC to maintain infrastructure is tantamount to torture, and the breakdown of sanitation is putting residents at risk of getting sick,” Du Toit said, adding gross mismanagement of funds at RTC should also be addressed.
He added that paying customers of the RTC suffer when water and electricity supply to the town is disconnected.
Du Toit said the spiritual leaders decided to stand up and make their voices heard on behalf of the voiceless inhabitants of the town.
“The church has on many occasions addressed these issues, but it seems it fell on deaf ears,” he said.
Du Toit said the protest is an ecumenical declaration by spiritual leaders as they seek a solution to the laxity of the town council.