Senior government officials visit Tsumkwe

05 Apr 2019 15:10pm
TSUMKWE, 05 APR (NAMPA) – A government delegation headed by Mines and Energy Minister, Tom Alweendo, is on a two-day fact finding mission on development activities in the Tsumkwe Constituency of the Otjozondjupa Region.
Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge who organised the visit explained that the mission was necessitated by numerous requests to his office by the Gam community who expressed interest to hold a meeting with various ministers.
The officials who are part of the delegation include Deputy Minister for Marginalised Communities, Royal /Ui/o/oo and Education, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Anna Ester Nghipondoka.
Senior officials from the ministries of health and social services; agriculture, water and forestry; the Central North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored), NamPower, Electricity Control Board (ECB), Namibian Police Force, Tsumkwe Constituency office and the Otjozondjupa Regional Council also formed part of the delegation.
The visit started off with a public meeting at Gam on Thursday where the community raised concerns over the non-functioning mortuary at the Gam clinic and the poor electricity supply.
They also complained about poor water services for some community members in the area, the persistent drought situation and the tardy process of issuing of national documents to the residents.
Alweendo told the Gam community that their development needs are genuinely essential and are the same as those raised by other communities in different regions.
“Your challenges are similar to any other community where we have been before, but now Government does not have enough resources to solve these problems at the same time,” he said.
The mines and energy minister called on the Gam community members to be patient as his delegation heard their concerns and will see how best Government would solve them.
Gam is situated over 100 kilometres southeast of Tsumkwe settlement with a population of over 3 000 people.
The delegation also included stops at Dobe Borderpost and Mangetti Dune.