Otjongombe residents thrilled to receive pit toilets

15 Nov 2017 21:20pm
OVITOTO, 15 NOV (NAMPA) - Residents of the Otjongombe village in the Otjozondjupa Region on Wednesday expressed gratitude towards receiving 55 ventilated pit toilets from Government.
The Otjozondjupa Regional Council on Wednesday handed over the toilets to beneficiaries of the village in the Omatako Constituency, situated about 45 kilometres east of Okahandja. Otjongombe has over 1 000 residents.
Deputy Director for Rural Services in the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, Vekondja Tjikuzu said at the event that a total of 55 toilets were constructed for the same number of households.
“The toilets were constructed by Government through the Otjozondjupa Regional Council at about a million dollars,” said Tjikuzu.
He said the actual construction of the toilets started in July this year in Otjongombe and other rural villages in constituencies of Otavi, Grootfontein, Okahandja, Okakarara and Tsumkwe.
Tjikuzu said the regional council plans to spend about N.dollars 5 million on the provision of non-flushing toilets at rural places in the region.
Pit toilets collect human feces in a hole in the ground.
Beneficiaries praised Government for improving the lives of pensioners, women and children who allegedly travel long distances at night, and at times in the rain, cold and scorching sun to relieve themselves in the bushes when nature calls.
“Walking [long] distances when nature calls is history now. It was a big challenge those days at night for the pensioners, women and children,” said Nathan Mbaha, one of the beneficiaries.
Jeconia Kavita, also a beneficiary, said it is a job well done for Government to deliver successfully on its promises of constructing toilets for the people.
Omatako Constituency Councillor, Israel Hukura and several traditional leaders in the area also attended the event.