Bukalo, which until 2013 was a sleepy village 40 kilometres east of Katima Mulilo, has been injected with N$8 million investment in infrastructure development as well as with an additional N$15 million to have a village council in the area.
The allocations are in the current development budget, under the total, N$95,2 million that the Rural and Urban Development ministry set aside for the region. Other investments in infrastructure developments are for the villages of Sangwali, Lusese, Ngoma, Chichimane and Kongola.
The Works and Transport ministry is to invest more than N$178 million on de-bushing and clearing the minefields along the border with Zambia, construction of the 50 kilometre gravel road between Izimwe and Schuckmannsburg through Sifuha and Malindi. There is also the constructon of the gravel road between Izimwe and Nakobolelwa. The road between Liselo and Kongola, via Linyanti and Singalamwe would be upgraded to bitumen.
Mpacha airport is to get a touch up while the railroad from Katima Mulilo to Cape Fria gets a kick-start funding in this year’s development budget.
Agriculture ministry has set aside nearly N$103 million for investments in rural water supply, green schemes in the region, construction water dams and wells, and development of livestock in communal areas.
The Land Reform ministry has budgeted nearly N$11 million mainly for the development of communal areas and necessary infrastructure in the region. The Industrialisation and Trade ministry has allocated more than 50% of its N$16,2 million development budget for investment in construction of leather and allied sector centres in the region.
Education ministry budgeted N$30 million to use partly for teachers accommodation, while the health budget for the region is N$19,4 million for setting up of primary health care centres, clinics and upgrading the Katima Mulilo hospital.
Besides construction of police officers’ accommodation, the safety ministry has budgeted to build police stations at Chichimani, Omega and Greenwell Matongo and install fuel tanks and pumps in the region.