REHOBOTH, 10 MAY – Gibeon is the second village after Maltahöhe in the Hardap Region to be cleaned as part of the ‘Road to Rehoboth’ clean-up campaign.
Approximately 270 people took part in the Gibeon cleaning on Wednesday, according to the region’s technical committee spokesperson and Warrant Officer of the Hardap Namibian Police Community Affairs Unit, Otniel ||Gowaseb.
He told Nampa Wednesday it is evident that Hardap residents are taking the clean-up campaign seriously.
“One can see since Monday in Maltahöhe that the residents of Hardap heed the call of our President Hage Geingob. The attendance speaks volumes and the cooperation from the regional councillors is commendable,” ||Gowaseb said.
Geingob announced the national clean-up date of 25 May during his State of the Nation Address in April.
||Gowaseb further said the clean-up campaigns somehow offer hope to fighting crime in the region through the clearing of river banks and bushy areas.
“As an officer of law, I must say the risky areas such as river banks, where most crimes are committed, are cleared. We also use the opportunity to educate people about issues such as gender-based violence and baby dumping,” ||Gowaseb remarked.
He also lauded the Rehoboth firefighters for being part of the clean-up campaign since Monday.
Contacted for comment, Gibeon Village Council Chairperson, Anna ||Garoës said she was left speechless by the attendance of Gibeon’s people.
“I am very happy with the attendance of our people who admirably showed they care about their environment. I believe with this clean-up campaign, we will make our region and country at large one of the cleanest in Africa and the world,” ||Garoës noted.
The Hardap clean-up campaign kicked-off in Maltahöhe on Monday and will continue on Friday in Kriess, followed by Gochas on Monday, Aranos on 15 May, Stampriet (17 May), Hoachanas (18 May), Klein-Aub (19 May), Mariental (21 May), Kalkrand on 23 May, ending with Rehoboth on 25 May.