Government owes City of Windhoek millions

31 Jan 2014 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 31 JAN (NAMPA) – Government ministries, agencies and corporations owe the City of Windhoek about N.dollars 90 million for basic services rendered.
Windhoek Mayor Agnes Kafula said this during the first monthly City Council meeting held in the capital on Thursday.
“I regret to mention that the outstanding debt has increased sharply, currently standing at N.dollars 400 million; of which government ministries, agencies, and corporations' share is N.dollars 90 million,” she said.
Kafula noted that while the public expects the Council to provide basic services, the lethargic payment of municipal accounts is stretching council resources and has a negative impact on the sustainable delivery of services, especially with regards to burning issues such as the servicing of the land needed for housing.
The mayor appealed to all municipal clients to pay their accounts on time in order to continue enjoying uninterrupted municipal services and to enable the City to increase service delivery.
Kafula called on residents to desist from illegal land grabbing while the City and Government continues to fast-track land delivery and the provision of housing through the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG) and the national Mass Housing Development Programme.
“I have instructed the administration of the City to speed up the implementation of the affordable housing project that was approved by Council last year,” she said.
The mayor pledged the Council's commitment to residents, saying the City will keep them abreast of all important information and will live up to its promise of creating a better standard of living for all residents in 2014.
She said the Council's priority focus remains accelerating land delivery, affordable housing and the provision of basic services in the low income areas of Windhoek.
“I am mindful of the limited resources at our disposal, but I equally believe that the little that we have should make a positive impact on the livelihood of our communities,” said Kafula.