14 Aug 2019 14:40pm
OUTAPI, 14 AUG (NAMPA) The community of the Omusati Region wants the Tsandi-Onesi-Epalela and Tsandi-Omugulugombashe gravel roads upgraded to bitumen standard.
This came to light during President Hage Geingobs Town Hall Meeting held at Outapi on Tuesday.
Speaking at the start of the meeting, the regions governor Erginus Endjala said there is great concern regarding the delay in the upgrading of the Tsandi-Onesi-Epalela and Tsandi-Omugulugombashe roads to bitumen standard.
Endjala noted that the issue is hampering the implementation of the upgrading of the Omakange-Onamatanga gravel road and needs urgent attention.
Therefore, we once again submit our appeal for the implementation of these road projects to improve the movement of people for commercial and leisure purposes, stated the governor.
King Josia Shikongo Taapopi of the Uukwaluudhi Traditional Authority, under which the Tsandi-Omugulugombashe road falls, at the same meeting said the road is crucial as it leads to a historic site.
Omugulugombashe is the site where the armed struggle for the liberation of the country was launched on 26 August 1966.
On that basis, Taapopi supports the call for the government to upgrade the Omugulugombashe gravel road to bitumen standard for it to be safe for its users and everyone visiting the site.
Taapopi indicated that the bad condition of the Tsandi-Onesi-Epalela road, which is a stretch of some 50 kilometres, has been a concern to users for many years.
Presidential Advisor on Constitutional Affairs and Private Sector Interface, Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi told the same meeting that upgrading of the said roads will commence after all other road constructions countrywide are completed.
She pointed out that Government now faces financial constraints and as such, concentrated for the time being on construction of critical feeder roads.
Eighteen access roads have recently been constructed in the Omusati Region, of which 10 have been inaugurated.