Opuwo Council under attack over water crisis

Opuwo Council under attack over water crisis

SWAPO parliamentarians have called for the dismissal of the opposition-controlled Opuwo Town Council, saying the councillors are to blame for the town’s water crisis.

Opuwo residents receive water for only two hours a day because the council owes NamWater more than N$500 000. Many residents are refusing to pay their water bills, saying the water is unfit for human consumption.NamWater blames the town for not maintaining its pipelines, which they claim leads to excessive wastage.Contributing to the parliamentary debate on the issue, Fisheries Minister Dr Abraham Iyambo said Opuwo’s councillors should be suspended immediately because the DTA-led council was endangering the lives of residents.Amid applause from other Swapo MPs, Iyambo said the councillors had shown a high degree of incompetence and could not be entrusted with leadership responsibility.”I therefore call upon the relevant authorities through the Ministry of Regional and Local Government to suspend the council within the next 10 days so as to allow Government to take charge of investigations and rectify the problem,” said Iyambo.Iyambo said residents of Opuwo could not be left to suffer because of a few individuals.To the surprise of Swapo MPs, DTA leader Katuutire Kaura agreed with Iyambo.He said it was vital to investigate what was really happening at Opuwo.Kaura last week tabled the motion on water provision, using Opuwo as example and describing NamWater as “preposterous and self-righteous”.During the debate, opposition MPs accused Government of neglecting Opuwo, claiming that the town’s water situation was caused by a lack of investment in infrastructure.However, Swapo members were adamant that the Town Council was to blame for not paying NamWater for the bulk water supply, forcing the utility to suspend the service.Prime Minister Nahas Angula claimed the DTA-led council was playing politics, using the poverty of the town’s residents as an excuse for not paying its bills.Angula said Opuwo residents could afford to pay their bills, contrary to what the councillors were claiming.”What kind of leadership is that which advocates for free delivery of services?” asked Angula.The Prime Minister claimed that the council was mismanaging funds, therefore it could not pay the NamWater bill.Kaura hit back by urging Angula to investigate the situation.”Why can’t you pay a visit to the town and see for yourself what is happening?” Kaura asked.”People are suffering – children, young and old women.It’s a disaster,” the DTA leader said.Many residents are refusing to pay their water bills, saying the water is unfit for human consumption.NamWater blames the town for not maintaining its pipelines, which they claim leads to excessive wastage.Contributing to the parliamentary debate on the issue, Fisheries Minister Dr Abraham Iyambo said Opuwo’s councillors should be suspended immediately because the DTA-led council was endangering the lives of residents.Amid applause from other Swapo MPs, Iyambo said the councillors had shown a high degree of incompetence and could not be entrusted with leadership responsibility.”I therefore call upon the relevant authorities through the Ministry of Regional and Local Government to suspend the council within the next 10 days so as to allow Government to take charge of investigations and rectify the problem,” said Iyambo.Iyambo said residents of Opuwo could not be left to suffer because of a few individuals.To the surprise of Swapo MPs, DTA leader Katuutire Kaura agreed with Iyambo.He said it was vital to investigate what was really happening at Opuwo.Kaura last week tabled the motion on water provision, using Opuwo as example and describing NamWater as “preposterous and self-righteous”.During the debate, opposition MPs accused Government of neglecting Opuwo, claiming that the town’s water situation was caused by a lack of investment in infrastructure.However, Swapo members were adamant that the Town Council was to blame for not paying NamWater for the bulk water supply, forcing the utility to suspend the service.Prime Minister Nahas Angula claimed the DTA-led council was playing politics, using the poverty of the town’s residents as an excuse for not paying its bills.Angula said Opuwo residents could afford to pay their bills, contrary to what the councillors were claiming.”What kind of leadership is that which advocates for free delivery of services?” asked Angula.The Prime Minister claimed that the council was mismanaging funds, therefore it could not pay the NamWater bill.Kaura hit back by urging Angula to investigate the situation.”Why can’t you pay a visit to the town and see for yourself what is happening?” Kaura asked.”People are suffering – children, young and old women.It’s a disaster,” the DTA leader said.

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