Helao Nafidi Council rejects RDP tariffs proposal

03 Mar 2018 17:20pm
HELAO NAFIDI, 03 MAR (NAMPA) – Swapo members in the Helao Nafidi Town Council on Wednesday rejected the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) proposal for the town’s Oshikango Open Market tenants to be granted reduced tariffs.
RDP member Vilho Shimwooshili in the second council meeting of the year, said the council’s recently proposed reduction in rental tariffs to be paid by the micro traders of the new market remained exorbitant.
President Hage Geingob officially inaugurated the market in November last year. The council’s initial tariffs ranged from N.dollars 95 to N.dollars 658 per month, which are reduced to between N.dollars 50 and N.dollars 400.
This followed the demands by the traders for the tariffs to be reduced to range from N.dollars 65 to N.dollars 450.
Shimwooshili felt the council’s reduction is not fair enough, especially at a time when the country is facing economic hardship and when business at Oshikango had declined significantly.
“We are in a country where a decline in our economic activities has become the order of the day, and a day without receiving a customer is being experienced by many of the people doing business at the market.”
Shimwooshili demanded for a further reduction and proposed that tariffs range from N.dollars 50 to N.dollars 250.
Swapo member and deputy chairperson of the management committee, Paulus Haikali was the first to reject Shimwooshili’s proposal, describing it as “an unreasonable submission which bears no merit to qualify it for government approval”.
None of the seven-member council seconded Shimwooshili’s submission when mayor Eliaser Nghipangelwa, who chaired the meeting, asked for a secondment.
Shimwooshili is the only non-Swapo Party member in the council.