Otamanzi gets multi-purpose community centre


The Information and Communication Technology Minister, Joel Kaapanda on Friday officially inaugurated a multi-purpose community centre at Otamanzi in the Omusati Region.

The Otamanzi Multi-purpose Community Centre is aimed at serving the youth in and around the Otamanzi Constituency.

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) established the centre and provided it with audio visual equipment such as a video machine, video camera, sound system and power generator.

Community members can hire the said equipment for local events at a minimal fee.

Speaking during the inauguration event, Kaapanda explained that the centre targets the youth, and will provide them with entertainment in efforts to keep them away from social evils such as alcohol abuse.

The minister suggested that the centre be equipped with computers in the future to offer the youth computer user training.

Kaapanda urged the community to own the centre and safeguard it against theft and vandalism if it is to serve for a long period.

Omusati regional councillor for Otamanzi Constituency, Johannes Iiyambo told the inauguration gathering that Otamanzi is a rural area which was previously neglected in terms of public service delivery.

A constituency office was built here only in 2009 followed by offices for the ministries of Agriculture, Water and Forestry; Gender Equality and Child Welfare; Education; Health and Social Services; and Safety and Security.

The councillor used the same platform to appeal to the government to construct a feeder road, which would rescue his constituency’s residents during the rainy season when they are cut off from the rest of the region.

The King of the Ongandjera Traditional District Johannes Mupongolitha Mupiya, senior headman of the area Nahum Kamati kaJoel and several village headmen also attended the inauguration event.