Asset register still a work in progress

11 July 2019 | Ministries

The ministry of works is still working on an asset register that will enable it to see how much property the government owns and what the total value is.

Works minister John Mutorwa said upon his appointment in April 2018 that he wanted a complete list of government assets and urged officials to expedite the process.

Asked for an update this week, ministry spokesperson Julius Ngweda said the register had not been completed yet.

“We are still in the process of compiling the register,” he said.

Mutorwa said last year that he wanted to be ready to brief President Hage Geingob in case he was asked to give a report on state property.

“I am not sure whether the government is sure how many assets it has… I don't know whether the asset register is updated,” he said.

“There are reports that government houses have ended up in private hands. I am waiting for a report and that report will give me an answer about these things,” Mutorwa added.

The minister instructed the ministry's housing committee to submit a report by 30 April 2018 on the number of houses owned by the government, as well as their location and value.

During a management meeting held on 29 January, the ministry's executive director, Willem Goeiemann, said the report had not been properly done and the ministry had forwarded its data to a consultant for completion.

The Patriot newspaper quoted Goeiemann as saying that compiling the report was not an easy matter. The ministry had started in Windhoek and was verifying reports from the regions.

“We are still busy. It is not an easy thing to do, given the limited resources. I had to send people all over the 14 regions to verify. We have decided to start with government flats and now we are busy with government houses,” Goeiemann said at the time.


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