Kandorozu wants Otjozondjupa settlements upgraded to village councils

The constituency councillor of Okakarara on Thursday tabled a motion to the Otjozondjupa Regional Council demanding an upgrading of three settlements to become village councils in the region.

Vetaruhe Kandorozu in a regional council meeting on Thursday at Otjiwarongo argued that Kalkfeld, Okamatapati and Tsumkwe settlements have enough economic potential to sustain themselves once promoted to levels of village councils.

Otjozondjupa has seven settlements under the regional council which runs their administrative affairs and buying them bulks of water from the Namibia water utility company (NamWater).

The settlements are Tsumkwe, Okatjoruu, Coblenz, Okamatapati, Okondjatu, Kalkfeld and Okandjira.

As a region we have only experienced a downgrading of the Kalkfeld settlement which was a village council, but no upgrading at all even on some of these settlements which meet standards, Kandorozu said.

The councillor added it is against this background he would like to see Kalkfeld, Tsumkwe and Okamatapati which allegedly meet standards set out by Government on the proclamation of any local authority council.

He said that the settlements in question should be promoted to village statuses since they have many households, government offices and businesses from which these new local authority councils would collect their revenues through payments of rates and taxes.

Kandorozu said the collected revenues would then be used to manage administrative and business affairs and also pay council workers of these new councils, which is for now is a burden of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council.

He said that Okamatapati situated about 210 kilometres east of Otjiwarongo should be proclaimed a village because it has 168 individual and government houses, 14 different types of businesses, five government offices and a population over 2 000 that can afford rates and taxes.

Kalkfeld settlement nearly 70 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo was once in 1991 a village council, and later in 1996 downgraded to a settlement due to a lack of economic growth.

Kandorozu on Thursday said he wants to see Kalkfeld Village Council status back again based on the size of population which has increased to over 3 000.

According to Kandorozu the settlement also has a total of 425 informal and formal individual standing houses, six businesses and five government institutions which will contribute towards the rates and taxes.

On Tsumkwe situated about 480 kilometres northeast of Otjiwarongo, Kandorozu in his motion said the settlement should be elevated to a village council which would then speed up the development activities there.

He said that the settlement so far has a high potential to sustain the village status as there are 42 government houses, 42 Build Together houses, 63 privately and socially owned houses and 104 different businesses which can pay rates and taxes.

In addition, these areas have already serviced plots and there are plans to services more other where they would derive their revenues, said Kandorozu.

On her part, the Otjozondjupa Regional Council Senior Public Relations' Officer, Cornelia Shikongo in an interview with Nampa on Friday said Kandorozu's tabled motion is already receiving highest attention.

She said the regional council will soon task a team of different expert administrators to determine whether motion can be submitted further to the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development for consideration.

We will establish a team of administrators that will conduct investigations on the economical abilities of these proposed areas, said Shikongo, adding that it is usually the economic abilities the ministry would be interested in before the upgrading part.

Source: Namibia Press Agency