17 Feb 2018 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 FEB (NAMPA) People in Windhoeks informal settlements are vandalising and stealing portable toilets provided to them in efforts to improve sanitation.
The toilets were erected last month in response to an outbreak of Hepatitis E, for which risk factors are linked to poor sanitation.
A case of cholera was also recorded in the capital at the end of January.
Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua during the mayoral clean-up in the Moses Garoeb Constituency Saturday said the municipality and central government erected the toilets to also provide people with somewhere decent to relieve themselves.
He said the people the facilities are meant for, however vandalise and steal it.
This is uncalled for. People should take ownership because these facilities are the ones to make an impact on their lives, Kazapua said.
The mayor further noted that communities say the government and municipalities do not provide such services, but then do not look after the facilities once they are provided.
He also said the youth and community leaders should guard against vandalism and theft as the toilets are needed to help curb outbreaks of diseases such as Hepatitis E and cholera which are likely to occur in places with poor sanitation and a lack of hygiene.
The clean-up on Saturday was the second to be held this year after the first one held in the Samora Machel Constituency on 28 January.
The campaign is usually held every three months to encourage residents to clean their surroundings, however, this year it is being intensified due to the Hepatitis E outbreak.
Kazapua said the City of Windhoek availed N.dollars 17 million and the Khomas Regional Council N.dollars 20 million for the provision of sanitation facilities to all informal settlement areas in the capital.
He said the toilets that have been vandalised and stolen will be repaired and replaced and the City of Windhoek intends to find out who the culprits are.