Omaheke residents hold peaceful protest against corruption

25 Sep 2019 20:40pm
GOBABIS, 25 SEP (NAMPA) – About 50 inhabitants of the Omaheke Region on Wednesday staged a peaceful demonstration to express their disappointment in the alleged corrupt practices at the regional council, self-enrichment of officials and lack of development for the Omaheke community.
The protesters marched from the Epako community hall and proceeded to the Omaheke Regional Council offices where they handed over a petition detailing their concerns to the councillor of the Okorukambe Constituency, Raphael Mokaleng, before continuing to the Office of the Omaheke Governor where the same petition was delivered.
In their petition read by the group representative Kejamuina Mungendje, the group demanded that the regional council provide answers on N.dollars 61 million from their coffers that was reportedly unaccounted for after an audit done in 2017 by Auditor-General, Junias Kandjeke.
The group claimed that they already handed over a petition to the council on 29 May this year over the missing millions but no response was received to date.
“The missing millions were meant for much needed services and development of the communities in the region,” reads the petition.
The residents expressed dismay over planned community projects such as a poultry farming project and needlework project for the betterment of the community that allegedly never took off.
The inhabitants said they deserve answers as they are the rightful and direct beneficiaries of the State funds intended for development in the region.
The group further demanded for the immediate suspension of the Chief Regional Officer, Maria Vaendwanawa, over the alleged corrupt practices in the council in order to allow for an independent body to investigate the activities.
“We request that the outcomes of the investigations be brought to the attention of the inhabitants of Omaheke and for the implicated individuals to be brought to justice,” they said.
Receiving the petition, Mokaleng said he will forward the petition to the relevant authorities.
Receiving the petition on behalf of Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele, his secretary Joyce Rukira said she would give the petition to the governor who is currently out of office.