Damaged skipper truck leaves Rundu streets filthy again

22 October 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe



RUNDU

The Rundu town council is faced with filthy streets, where road reserves have turned into mini dumpsites, because the town’s only skipper truck has been damaged for over a month. This has resulted in residents dumping their refuse next to overflowing skip containers.

A five-minute drive through the town, especially along the Maria Mwengere Road connecting the central business district to the University of Namibia campus is an eyesore.

Namibian Sun observed that some residents have turned to burning refuse in an overflowing skip container.

Others complained that the local authority is failing in its duty to deliver services.

“If it’s not water, it’s electricity. Now it’s the filthy streets. This Rundu town council is a joke. If they can’t collect waste from the streets, what can they possibly do right?” a resident fumed.

“Maybe that’s why they cannot collect funds from the residents to settle their debts. The issue of dirty streets should not be tolerated,” they said.

In for repairs

The filthiness along the roads in Rundu is however said to be a result of the town’s only skipper truck being in for repairs for over a month.

Rundu spokesperson Benjamin Makayi confirmed that the skipper truck has been in for repairs for over a month.

He said council is in the process of engaging Rent A Drum to assist them in addressing the issue.

“Our skip container truck is still in the garage, that is why we are not able to pick up the containers,” he said.

The riverside town has been in the media for its filthy streets often over the years, with the council failing to find lasting solutions for the issue.

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