KHORIXAS, 18 SEP – Government ministries with offices in Khorixas owe the town council more than N.dollars 50 million.
Khorixas Chief Executive Officer, Andreas /Howoseb in an interview with Nampa on Monday said his office is concerned because the local authority continues to provide the services and yet the ministries, agencies and some business owners and households fail to pay for them.
He singled out the Ministry of Health and Social Services and Ministry of Youth, Sport and National Service, as well as a local lodge, saying their total debts amount to millions of dollars.
/Howoseb said N.dollars 29 million is owed to the town council for water consumption, while more than N.dollars 21 million is owed in rates and taxes.
“A few households also owe us money, but some of them have made arrangements with us on how they intend to pay their debts. We appreciate that,” he said.
The chief executive officer called on the ministries and residents to pay off their debts or make arrangements with his office for payment by signing “soft contracts” on how they intend to clear their debt dating back to 2015.
He also urged residents to refrain from stealing manhole covers, saying they do so to sell the covers to scrapyards.
/Howoseb also asked that residents stop dumping unwanted objects in the drains.
“We experience constant overflowing of drainage systems and we are often shocked to find old blankets, mops and clothes in the drains, nearly on a weekly basis,” he said.
Khorixas Mayor Elizabeth Geises on her part said the problem is exacerbated by the fact that the sewerage system is old.
“I am disturbed by the continuous bursting of pipes and overflowing of drains. It is unhygienic for all of us,” she said.
Khorixas has a population of over 13 000 people.