By Reagan Malumo
President Hifikepunye Pohamba arrived at M’pacha Airport at Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi Region on Wednesday afternoon to jointly commission the N$96 million Victoria Falls/Katima Mulilo transmission power line today.
The President and his Zambian counterpart, Levy Mwanawasa, would today commission the power line. On his arrival at M’pacha Airport, he was received by a high-ranking regional delegation comprising the Caprivi Regional Governor, Leonard Mwilima, the regional and local authority councillors, Swapo Party Regional Coordinator, Ignitius Nkunga, heads of ministries and non-governmental organisations. The President held two closed-door meetings with the Swapo Party regional executive committee and regional and local authority councillors. He was also flown to the flood-stricken areas to acquaint himself with the flood situation in the region.
He was expected to pay official visits to Chief George Simasiku Mamili of the Mafwe Traditional Authority, Chief Kisco Liswani III of the Masubia Tribal Authority, Chief Josef Tembwe Mayuni of the Mashi Traditional Authority and Chief Boniface Lutibezi Shifu of the Mayeyi Traditional Authority, whose palace is at Sangwali.
Welcoming the President to the region, Governor Mwilima highlighted numerous challenges that are eroding the region’s social fabric. These include the food shortages due to the devastation of crops by floods. The food shortage would affect an estimated 20??????’?????’?????????????