The Roads Authority (RA) on Wednesday handed over four boreholes to communities in the Ohangwena Region’s Omundaungilo Constituency.
In an interview with Nampa, Headman of Omhito village Henock Haiyambo could not contain the gratitude as his community has struggled for clean and potable water.
“We cannot be thankful enough for this gesture as we had, for a long time consumed unhealthy water for which we even had to walk long distances to access,” said Haiyambo.
The donation to also Oshidute, Okaanda and Oupili villages comes after residents in the constituency, through the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority, requested to make use of the sealed boreholes after the completion of the road’s construction.
Speaking at the handover, RA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Conrad Lutombi explained the boreholes were dug and used during construction of the Elundu/Nkurenkuru road between Uushake in the Ohangwena Region and Mpungu in the Kavango West about two years ago.
“The RA has been aware of the shortage of water in this area and as a government institution, as part of our corporate responsibility, we deemed it necessary to approve this request,” Lutombi said.
According to him, the RA is in the process of transferring the boreholes to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry that will be expected to take charge of their maintenance.
Until that transfer is complete, the community will be required to maintain the water sources.
He called on the community to take care of the water sources and protect them against vandalism, adding the RA will also have access to the boreholes when necessary.
In her acceptance speech, Ovakwanyama Queen Martha Mwadinomho Kristian Nelumbu through a representative noted how the provision of clean water to these communities will significantly improve their quality of life.
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