We must learn how to work: Mbumba

27 Jun 2019 18:10pm
RUNDU, 27 JUN (NAMPA) – Vice President Nangolo Mbumba has encouraged Namibian contractors to finish government undertakings entrusted to them and to desist from abandoning them midway.
Mbumba said this during his visit to the Rundu abattoir and the incomplete maternity ward at the Rundu Intermediate Hospital here on Wednesday.
Responding to questions from the media on the incomplete projects, he said although he is not at liberty to dictate how things should be done, Namibians should learn how to work and complete work that was given to them by Government.
“Incomplete buildings and facilities mean nothing to the ordinary citizen of this country,” the vice president said.
People involved in agriculture should also get returns from their livestock, he said in reference to the abattoir which is expected to be completed in November this year.
The abattoir, which is being constructed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry since 2014, should have been completed in January 2017, but work was delayed due to financial constraints.
“We must learn how to build our country ourselves… It means we are exporting money because we are importing people to come do our work. We must learn how to work,” Mbumba said, adding that Namibians should also stop accusing foreign nationals of stealing their work.
The maternity ward, which had a construction budget of N.dollars 28 million in 2014, is yet to be completed since the contractor abandoned the site due to a dispute with the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
Tuhafeni Nashitati, manager of Summerstone Construction which was contracted to build the ward, said they have been communicating with the ministry since 2015 about the insufficient funds since the initial budget could not cover all costs. He said they only got a favourable response in 2017.
The ministry’s Executive Director, Ben Nangombe told Nampa on Thursday that they have engaged the Central Procurement Board to get the contractor back on site since the project was budgeted for.
“We have communicated with the contractor on the way forward and as soon as procedures are completed, the contractor will resume work,” he said.
The health ministry has requested an additional N.dollars 5.8 million to incorporate additional work on the theatre and neonatal unit as per the ministry’s standards.