WINDHOEK, 15 MAY – The construction of close to 320 ablution facilities at the Omitara Settlement in the Omaheke Region has been completed and they are currently in use by residents, the settlement’s committee secretary, Willem Haoseb has confirmed.
In a telephone interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Haoseb said the completion of the 320 flushable toilets and showers has been met with excitement by the residents.
“This is indeed a much-needed relief for the residents as this is one of the biggest basic needs anybody should not be living without,” Hoaseb expressed.
He explained how the community members had been relieving themselves in bushes and nearby farms for close to three decades prior to the establishment of the facilities.
“Although this is the only development which took place in our settlement, since your (NAMPA’s) last visit to Omitara, it is a step in the right direction and we highly appreciate it.”
The flushable toilets and showers were commissioned by Government and were constructed by Thulu Trading Construction Company.
Haoseb expressed gratitude to the government for the toilets, but emphasised that access to land remains their main issue in the settlement.
“We are still calling on the government to assist us in acquiring adequate land for farming and grazing of our livestock as they are dying or some go missing when they accidentally end up in neighbouring farms,” Haoseb added.
Currently, community members are forced to make do with and share the approximately 825 418 square kilometres, which they deem insufficient for the entire population.
The community members are also hoping for a grocery shop of some sort, from which they can purchase everyday necessities.
The settlement is situated some 30 kilometres north of Gobabis and has a population of more than 2 000 inhabitants. It was proclaimed a settlement in 2012.