DEVELOPMENT: A tarred road is to be built at the Gam settlement.
DEVELOPMENT: A tarred road is to be built at the Gam settlement.

CPBN denies delaying Tsumkwe road upgrade

Governor's blame is unfounded
The Central Procurement Board says it has never received a project request from any public entity with regard to the upgrading of the road to the Gam settlement.
Ogone Tlhage
The Central Procurement Board of Namibia says it is not responsible for the delay of the upgrade of the Tsumkwe – Gam road.

This follows after Otjozondjupa Region governor James Uerika had accused the procurement of being responsible for the slow progress in completing the detailed design plan of the envisaged road.

“All procurement projects of public entities are facilitated by CPBN unless if such projects are above the threshold of the public entities as identified in the PPA. The process starts with the PE submitting an Individual Procurement Plan (IPP) and a Standard Bidding Document (SBD) for approval by the Board,” its manager for communications Johanne Kambala said.

The utterances made by Uerika were not true, it added.

“CPBN would like to place it on record that the allegations made by Hon. Uerika are devoid of any truth as no such project request was ever submitted to CPBN by any public entity to conduct the procurement process on their behalf. Hence, the information that CPBN is delaying the project is factually incorrect,” Kambala said.

The project, funded through the Roads Authority (RA), is part of a programme to prioritise the development of rural communities.

The tarred road will connect the main road in the settlement to basic services including the school, clinic, and veterinary clinic.

Some dangerously sharp curves on the road from Gam to Tsumkwe will also be upgraded by the contractors.

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Namibian Sun 2022-12-04

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