Shiweda appalled by MAWF offices’ condition in Omaheke

GOBABIS: Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Anna Shiweda has expressed dissatisfaction at the state of her ministry’s offices in some parts of the Omaheke Region.

Shiweda, who was on a familiarisation visit of the region last week, told the ministry’s staff on Thursday she was appalled by the conditions under which some of them operate.

The deputy minister said most of the ministry’s offices in Omaheke’s remote rural settings are without basic office equipment such as filing cabinets, computers and furniture, which has made it difficult for staff to fully carry out the ministry’s mandate.

She made reference to the MAWF offices at Otjinene and Eiseb block, where staff members are allegedly forced to use worn out chairs with holes in them, and sometimes do not even have desks to operate from.

Shiweda said many a times, staff in Windhoek move office furniture from their offices into corridors whenever new furniture is bought. She said an arrangement has been made for such office furniture to be taken to Omaheke.

Meanwhile, Shiweda also acknowledged the problems faced by farmers in the region, especially the lack of sufficient water sources.

She said Government is working hard at addressing the persistent problem of limited water supply, especially in the Otjombinde and some parts of the Epukiro constituencies.