OTJINENE: The administrative leadership of Otjinene, a newly-proclaimed village in Omaheke Region, have been scratching their heads wondering how best to deal with some of the aging infrastructure here.
Topping the list of matters requiring urgent intervention is the leakage of the village’s underground water pipes due to excessive corrosion.
This problem, according to the Otjinene Village clerk Mbamunondjamo Kaahangoro has resulted in high water bills from the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater).
Kaahangoro told Nampa on Tuesday that his office has made various attempts to remedy the situation, but is yet to make a breakthrough.
He said most of the water pipes that are laid underground for business and residential use have been in service for many years, and as such, have become difficult to maintain or repair.
“We have been sitting with that problem for many years. Now and then, we mend the leakages but the pipes start leaking again as they are really old. The matter is receiving our utmost attention, and we are hopeful that we will have a solution to it soon,” he noted.
They have also been struggling to get residents to pay for rates and taxes on their properties, as many still have to warm up to this idea.
Otjinene was proclaimed a village in 2011, owing largely to its rapid pace of development over the years.
The village, whose new councillors are yet to be elected following an aborted voting process earlier this year, boasts a clinic, a bank, several general dealers and a magistrate’s court which is still under construction.