Dordabis community unable to afford diesel for water pump

08 Jan 2018 17:30pm
DORDABIS, 08 JAN (NAMPA) – The community of Dordabis, located 80 kilometres east of Windhoek, is unable to afford diesel used to pump water from the local borehole.
The borehole that was built by Government to assist the village of about 2 500 inhabitants is currently abandoned due to the lack of diesel for the water pump machine.
Community members are now forced to collect water illegally from the police station there, which is supplied by the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater).
In a recent interview with Nampa, a resident of Dordabis, Simeon Paulus, said community members were failing to raise their N.dollars 30 contributions to buy the diesel.
“The challenge is that many of the people in Dordabis are unemployed, making it difficult for them to afford the monthly contributions,” said Paulus.
Another resident, Petrus Areb said sometimes the police station would close their taps, leaving community members with no water at all.
“The government through our councillor should assist us in this regard, as the majority of the people here have no money to contribute. Now we have to struggle to get water illegally from the police station,” said Areb.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Windhoek Rural Constituency Councillor, Penina Inga-Ita said the community is able to make contributions towards the purchase of diesel for the pump, however, they want Government to do everything for them.
“We need to work together as Government and the public in order to bring about development. Government resources are limited and cannot do it alone,” said Inga-Ita.
She noted though, that only 30 per cent of the local population were employed, either by the government, as police officers, teachers, nurses or farmworkers.
Inga-Ita alluded that the constituency was vast and implemented structures known as the village development community unit to help fast-track the challenges faced by the constituency.