OTJIWARONGO, 09 AUG – Residents of the New Ombili informal settlement at Otjiwarongo on Wednesday spoke out against people who throw rubbish on the ground instead of disposing of it in skips provided by the municipality.
During a public meeting organised by the Otjiwarongo Municipality, a disgruntled Edgar Ganxab said some residents of New Ombili even dump dead pets on the ground at a skip placed near his house by the municipality.
“Used condoms, sanitary pads and disposable nappies are dumped on the ground, yet the skip put there by the municipality is empty. I don’t understand some of our people,” said another resident, Marcelius Awarab.
Awarab said he has seen children who live nearby play amongst the rubbish.
Some of the aggrieved residents felt parents are partly to blame as they let their children take rubbish to the skip in wheelbarrows, but the children are then unable to reach the top of the skip and just dump it on the ground.
Otjiwarongo Mayor Bennes Haimbondi, who chaired the meeting, said they could provide the residents with garbage bags which the municipality will then collect in addition to the routine weekly refuse collection.
Haimbondi also said informal settlements could be divided into sections and each household in the cleanest section could be rewarded with N.dollars 100 worth of water units or electricity by the municipality.
The residents agreed to the mayor’s proposal, saying it will promote cleanliness.
Haimbondi said the idea will also be shared with residents in the Tsaraxa-Aibes, DRC and Old Ombili informal settlements. – NAMPA