WINDHOEK, 15 JUN – The City of Windhoek (CoW) has depleted the annual N.dollars 500 000 budget allocated to the maintenance of parks and cemeteries due to theft and vandalism.
This is according to the CoW’s manager for parks in the department of economic development and community services, Uakazuvaka Kazombiaze.
Kazombiaze in an interview with Nampa recently said besides the repairs currently underway, the CoW is unable to make new repairs on vandalised or stolen items in parks in Katutura owing to its depleted budget, with the budget for the next financial year only set for approval by 01 July 2018.
He added that the electric sockets at braai areas are being vandalised, while toilets and taps are being stolen and damaged at parks.
“Even the braai lids are being removed from concrete installations and stolen, the bulbs are stolen and light poles are bumped,” Kazombiaze said.
He added that plants are also being stolen along Independence Avenue, while beautification flowers at cemeteries are stolen from cemeteries.
According to Kazombiaze, N.dollars 20 000 of the N.dollars 60 000 annual horticulture budget has been used.