15 Sep 2017 15:40pm
KONGOLA, 14 SEP (NAMPA) - Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Tommy Nambahu on Thursday led some communities to clean villages at the Kongola Constituency in the Zambezi Region.
Nearly 100 people, school learners, Namibian Defence Force (NDF) members and government officials joined Nambahu to conduct a half-day cleaning campaign at the settlement situated about 110 kilometres south of Katima Mulilo.
The group picked up litter such as plastic bags, empty broken bottles and tins around different villages.
We cannot be proud owners of this country yet its dirty. We have to keep our Namibia, our pride country, said Nambahu shortly after the cleaning event at Kongola on Thursday, adding that cleaning does not require a specialist.
He said the purpose of the cleaning campaign was to cultivate the spirit of cleaning and influence communities at the settlement to start their own cleaning activities in their villages and alongside the main (B8) road.
Participants in the campaign also thanked Nambahu for his practical initiative of keeping the country clean.
This is a good and successful idea that needs our support, said Matheus Musongo, an NDF member based at the Kongola Military Base.
Fungo Mubita, a Grade 7 pupil at Choi Primary School, in an interview with Nampa after the event said cleanliness promotes a healthy life and reduces risk of contracting diseases.
Let us also do it for the tourists visiting our country because they will not come back to Namibia if the country is dirty, she said.
Another learner, Steven Kanda, from the Kongola Combined School said the Constituency office should emulate the exercise and regularly lead such initiatives on a weekly basis.
We have cattle and they are at risk if they eat some of these plastics dumped around our villages, said Kanda while urging others to keep the settlement clean since it links Namibia to countries like Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
The same campaign was conducted in July this year at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region under Nambahus guidance.