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Kavango West council wants more money

NKURENKURU, 21 APR (NAMPA) – Director of General Services of the Kavango West Regional Council, Mpasi Haingura called on Government to increase the allocation of the council’s operational budget to N.dollars 65 million.
In an interview with Nampa on Thursday on the sidelines of the familiarisation visit by Vice-President Nickey Iyambo to Kavango West on Thursday, Haingura explained that since the region is new, everything is starting from scratch. This includes office operations and recruitment.
“This year, we requested N.dollars 65 million for our operational budget and N.dollars 47 million for capital projects,” he said.
Last year's operational budget was cut to N.dollars 25 million from N.dollars 35 million.
Haingura also called on Government to increase funding to the region for servicing of land, so that the council can comply with its mandate of land delivery.
Land is available in the region but is not serviced, which makes it difficult for investors to set up businesses.
“We also want Government to increase the allocation of funds for compensation to pave the way for town development since Nkurenkuru is the capital of Kavango West Region,” he said.
About N.dollars 3 million is allocated for land servicing for the Katwitwi settlement, while N.dollars 5 million is allocated for the Nkurenkuru Town Council for this current financial year.
Katwiti is about 35 kilometrers north-west of Nkurenkuru.
Meanwhile, Kavango West Governor Sirkka Ausiku expressed concern about Government’s move to stop construction of a hospital in Nkurenkuru without any notification.
Ausiku told Iyambo the Nkurenkuru hospital was an identified project of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2016 to 2019.
The ground breaking ceremony was done by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba in November 2014 and until now the area remains fenced off and nothing happened since.
“Our region also need clinics as our communities still walk long distances to access health facilities,” she said.
In his response, Iyambo said Nkurenkuru is the capital of this region, and therefore deserves to have a State hospital.
He said it is not acceptable that the community still travel long distances to access services at the nearest health facilities, such as Nankudu and Rundu hospitals.
Kavango West covers an area of 24 591 square kilometres and has a population of 86 529.
The region is predominantly rural, with a mere 0.01 per cent of inhabitants residing in urban areas.

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