Lack of funds curtail Mpora-Bravo road construction

The councilor of the Mankumpi Constituency Lukas Muha said his office has received numerous queries over the construction of the Mpora- Bravo road in the Kavango West Region which is extremely sandy.

Muha told Nampa on Tuesday that the complaints his office has received are of substance in his view as the road in question is not just important to those concerned but that the road is important to the entire nation both for economic and social reasons.

This road was proclaimed about ten years back and has been featuring in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for several times although not in the current one, the councilor explained.

Muha said when people saw the road featuring in the MTEF it developed a hope in them that the road was now going to be constructed.

Down the line, the councilor said he realised that in most cases when the road was featuring in the MTEF, money meant for the road would be moved to other projects.

No explanations were also provided to the Kavango West Regional Council as to why money attached to this road was moved, he stressed.

The road he said connects four constituencies which are Ncamagoro, Mankumpi, Tondoro, and Mpungu.

The road also connects Kavango West as a Region to Oshikoto and Ohangwena regions respectively.

There are also government institutions along this road such as Mpora Clinic, Harapembe Senior Primary School, Etenderera Primary School, and Satotwa Primary School as well as the Mankumpi Constituency office amongst others.

Muha said in terms of government linkages he finds it hard to reach Tondoro constituency office which is just 70 kilometers away even just to borrow reams for printing because of the condition of the road.

The councilor said 70 to 75 percent of the farmers find themselves along this road and are required to have 4x4's or land cruisers in order to reach their farms or markets for produce in Nkurenkuru or Rundu.

Our office also engaged the Embassy of the People's Republic of China through the National Planning Commission for a hostel to be constructed at Satotwa, he said.

China, Muha pointed out is ready to do the construction however the improvement of the road has also been a concern to them in order to take the materials to the site.

The councilor says they are likely to lose a multimillion dollar donation due to the condition of the road.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Roads Authority (RA) Conrad Lutombi said they have the road on their strategic plan but there is no funding for now.

This is what is delaying us to commence with the construction of the road. The road is one of our priority projects but because of the economic slowdown it is one of the projects that has been affected, Lutombi said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency