TUCNA ‘dismayed’ by 5 per cent water tariff hike

04 Jul 2019 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) – The Trade Union Congress of Namibia (TUCNA) has expressed disappointment in the City of Windhoek’s approval and implementation of a 5 per cent increment in water tariffs, effective since Monday.
TUCNA secretary general Mahongora Kavihuha at a media conference here on Thursday said he was surprised at the timing of the announcement of the increment, especially when taking into consideration President Hage Geingob’s declaration of the drought as a state of emergency in May.
“This increment is done in direct contradiction and contravention of the president’s declaration. In the meantime the president, whose emergency declaration is flouted by this water increment, is silent while his authority is effectively disregarded by the increment announcement by one of his State agencies,” Kavihuha charged.
He added that the public had been subjected to yearly tariff hikes for various services including water provision, which, he continued to say, deteriorated the quality of life of the citizens.
Kavihuha’s comments come after the Windhoek City Council approved the 5 per cent water tariff increase last week Thursday, reportedly to offset the severe water shortage in the city.
It said water restrictions were implemented to ensure water availability for the next two rainy seasons, should the current drought situation persist, and urged residents to take the restrictions seriously.