TUCNA ‘dismayed’ by 5 per cent water tariff hike

The Trade Union Congress of Namibia (TUCNA) expressed disappointed and disgusted in the City of Windhoek's approval and implementation a 5 per cent increment in water tariffs, effective since Monday.

This was announced by TUCNA secretary general, MahonogoraKavihuha, at a media conference held in the capital on Thursday.

Kavihuha said that he was surprised at the timing of the announcement of the increment, especially when taking into consideration president Hage Geingob's declaration of the drought as a State of Emergency in March.

This increment is done in direct contradiction and contravention of the president's State of Emergency declaration. In the meantime, the president whose emergency declaration is flouted by this water increment is silent, while his authot=rity is effectively disregarded by the increment announcement by one of his state agencies, he said.

Kavihuha added that the public had been subjected to yearly tariff increments for various services, including water provision, which, he continued to say, deteriorated the quality of life of the public.

Kavihuha's comments followed the Windhoek City Council's approval of a 5 per cent water tariff increment here last Thursday.

Nampa reported that Windhoek Deputy Mayor, LoideKaiyamo, during the monthly council meeting last Thursday raised concern that the City of Windhoek had found itself in a severe water shortage crisis, adding that residents had not taken the water crisis seriously.

Kaiyamo explained that the restrictions were implemented to ensure water availability for the next two rainy seasons, should the current drought situation persist.

Source: Namibia Press Agency