Kavango East Governor Dr Samuel Mbambo has urged all stakeholders in socio-economic development, especially the various ministries in Kavango East, to incorporate the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) into their annual workplans. Mbambo made the call while delivering his State of the Region Address at the Kavango East Regional Council auditorium on Friday.“It’s my constitutional obligation as the regional governor to apprise you on the state of the region with regards to government programmes, achievements and setbacks on the programme for 2016/17,” he stated.
He reported on various ongoing projects in Kavango East, including regional council and local authority initiatives.
Mbambo noted the creation of a new constituency in the region (Ndonga-Linena Constituency) and the proclamation of Divundu as a village council.
“I’m delighted to report on the construction of the new Ndonga-Linena Constituency Office and Divundu Civic Building (Village Council Offices) and reticulation system, at a cost of N$10 million and N$14 million respectively.
“This is a testimony to the government’s commitment to ensuring that more settlements will be proclaimed to accelerate rural development and effective service delivery,” he said. Construction of the Ndonga-Linena Constituency office was reported to have been completed and the Divundu village council offices are currently being constructed , with the expectation it will be completed later this year.
Mbambo said other major regional projects have been implemented in the Ndiyona settlement, such as the construction of 31 houses under the Build Together programme, the construction of a 700-metre access road and sewerage reticulation systems at a cost of N$1.4 million in Ndiyona Constituency. He also stated that through the Ministry of Education there were classrooms, teachers’ accommodation blocks and ablution facilities constructed at various schools in the region.
Regarding the backlog in the provision of adequate and affordable housing in Kavango East he said it is a challenge that is being addressed by both regional and local authority councils. “To this end I’m delighted to report the Rundu Town Council has allocated land to accelerate the provision of affordable 1 977 housing units. At the same time, Divundu Village Council managed to service 687 residential and 13 business plots,” he said. Despite some of these achievements, there are several challenges that have impacted on and may derail the implementation of ongoing and planned activities in the region, he stated. “The following deserve to be mentioned: drought, foot-and-mouth disease, veldfires, human/wildlife conflict, teenage pregnancies, gender-based violence, youth unemployment and a lack of infrastructure, such as energy, water and transport,” he noted.