Rundu residents demonstrate over alleged corruption

About 100 placard – waving residents of Rundu lead by the Kavango Development Progress Forum (KDPF) took to the streets on Saturday against alleged corruption by certain leaders at the Rundu Town Council.

Chanting anti-corruption slogans and calling for the removal of corrupt officials at the council the group marched from the informal settlements of Kaisosi, Tuhungireni and Ndama towards the office Of the Governor of Kavango East Dr Samuel Mbambo.

It is here that the group expected to hand over their prepared petition to Mbambo but learned on their arrival that the governor could not receive the petition due to death in his family.

Showing that not even the Governor’s absence would dampen their spirits, the Secretary General of KDPF Linus Neumbo read the petition out loud to members of the media.

“We the residents of Rundu town have reached a point of no return. The Rundu Town Council must own up to its problems. The citizens and concerned groups of the town will not be gripped by fear to voice their concerns,” their petition read.

According to the residents if you look around Rundu and surrounding settlements, the image that confronts you is bad roads, poor service delivery and poor management of the town council which to them has deviated from what it ought to be.

They further claim that an amount of N.dollars 600 000 was given to a company called Under – G cc for the establish of a website for the town council.

Investigations done by the KDPF found that bigger municipalities only spent N.dollars 44 140 for a fully-fledged website design.

The same town council Neumbo said again spent another N.dollars 300 000 for the setting of a bulk Sms management system.

This tender was awarded to a company called Tulirereni Transport and General Services CC who happens to also be owned by the same owner of Under –G CC.

The residents further stated that the Rundu Town Council needs to look into why there appears to be heightened attacks on it and its image

“Corruption is weakening the council as there are certain individuals and companies that are having an interest in tenders and land with a consideration involvement,” the residents claim.

According to them companies receive tenders or contracts worth millions without correct tender procedures being followed while the town already has a huge unemployment rate and poverty level.

Responding to the allegations of corruption that many are reading about on social media and listening to on radio, both Mayor and Deputy Mayor Hilka Leevi and Bonny Kahare told a press conference on Friday that the country has an arm of the government which is the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) who can come in and investigate on the allegations and make the findings public.

The allegations Kahare stressed were also being raised because of the Regional Council and Local Authority elections which will be taking place in a months’ time.