RA and council hush about alterations

04 October 2019 | Infrastructure

Yolanda Nel

Weeks after it was announced that the upgrade to a dual carriageway of the Windhoek-Okahandja road would be altered to accommodate some families living in the illegal Vergenoeg settlement on the outskirts of the Garden Town, involved parties are not divulging what the financial implication of this move will be.
Both the Roads Authority (RA) and the spokesperson for the Okahandja town council said that the other party must answer questions regarding the cost of moving the road and of the handful of families that would still be affected. “This is a national project under the Roads Authority and they should answer questions,” Martha Mutilifa of the town council said.
In turn the public relations officer of the RA Hileni Fillemon, said a meeting was held with residents and the Okahandja Town Council. “Hence they [Okahandja Town Council] will be best suited to answers [certain] questions as the meeting between the community and the parties involved was chaired by the Town Council,” Fillemon said.
Clearing of the site on the outskirts of Okahandja already began in September. “This important national project forms part of the Harambee Prosperity Plan Projects and it is a major artery for trade and commerce in our country,” a recent statement by the RA read.
“Once complete, it is envisaged that upgraded road will attract more business through tourism and will contribute towards achieving regional growth, economic stability and poverty alleviation. It is therefore important that the project is completed, without any delay, for the advancement of our economy.”
A resident of Okahandja commented to Windhoek Express recently, said he was worried that the residents of Vergenoeg may run across the highway once it is finished to get into town. “Who will be responsible if one of them is hit by a car?” he wanted to know.

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