Iyambo calls for cleaning-up of waste in all towns

WINDHOEK: Swapo-Party Member of Parliament (MP) Nickey Iyambo says litter all over the country, particularly in areas near cuca shops, has become an eyesore for everyone.

The Veterans’ Affairs Minister said bottles, plastic and other garbage are piling up at dumpsites, and he was thus wondering if it is not possible for the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry as well as the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to have a determined programme for the cleaning-up of all regions.

Iyambo made these remarks when he contributed to discussions on the Public Environmental Health Bill in Parliament on Wednesday.

Health and Social Services’ Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi tabled the Bill a few weeks before the parliamentarians went on recess in April.

It provides a framework for a structured, uniform public and environmental health system in Namibia, as well as for incidental matters.

“It is really very bad. As you drive from Tsumeb, immediately when you arrive at Oshivelo (Gate) in the Oshikoto Region, you are already disappointed by what you see,” he stressed.

Iyambo noted that immediately after independence, a deliberate decision was made by Government to give N.dollars one million to each local authority in the country to clean up their towns.

Thereafter, he said, the towns looked very neat, compared to how they are looking now.

“I think an exercise like that can be done to see whether we cannot bring improvement, especially when we are encouraging tourists to come to our country,” he indicated.