The ministry of urban and rural development has committed a total of N$14 million for electrification for the 2019/20 financial year, an amount that is expected to electrify 1 200 houses by June in Windhoek.
This was announced by the minister of urban and rural development, Peya Mushelenga, at the ground-breaking ceremony for electrification projects in Otjomuise on Friday.
Once the electrification process is complete, the minister will officially switch on the electricity in the houses of the beneficiaries by September 2020.
“These are public funds well spent, and I can only applaud the [Windhoek city] council for this noble undertaking. I would like to encourage the city council to intensify these kinds of projects, because only through this will we, as a nation, be able to achieve prosperity for all our people,” he said.
The ministry will continue to lobby for more funds for local authorities, Mushelenga said.
The successful and timely completion of this electrification project will, therefore, be a sign of progress, as well as a source of hope and pride for a further 1 200 home owners in Otjomuise and Havana, Mushelenga said.
“This is because the darkness in parts of Otjomuise, here in the Khomasdal constituency, and parts of Havana in the Moses Garoeb constituency will soon be a thing of the past.
“In the near future, residents of Om’gulu-goombashe, Kilimanjaro, Babylon, One Nation and many other settlements will also receive the same service,” he promised.
Speaking at the same occasion, Windhoek mayor Fransina Kahungu said that electricity which was a luxury in the past, has become a necessity to everyone and therefore, having access to it has become indispensable to the lives of Namibians.
“Many people in this constituency will soon say goodbye to illegal electricity connections. Residents will soon be able to save some money as they will no longer be forced to pay exorbitant fees to those who have illegally given them electricity. Residents will not be forced to buy their perishables such as meat, milk, tomatoes daily, as they will be able to connect their fridges to electricity to keep them fresh for a longer period,” she said. - Nampa