Houses turned into ablution blocks
16 July 2019 | Education
When Namibian Sun visited the site, this reporter observed human waste on the premises.
The houses are without doors and windows and the roofing is not yet done.
This situation has not been well received by the stakeholders, including the Kavango West regional governor Sirkka Ausiku, who bemoaned the issue during her recent State of the Region Address (SORA).
According to the ministry of education, arts and culture spokesperson, Absalom Absalom, the project has been delayed because the contractor that had been awarded the tender, Reggy's Trading, could not complete the project and therefore the contract was terminated.
Absalom said Reggy's Trading did not accept the termination and the matter was being dealt with by the two parties' lawyers.
“The contract was terminated due to the contractor's inability to complete the project within the stipulated period. As to when the project is likely to be completed, there are issues around the termination of the contract and the contractor is aggrieved by this.
“As such, the matter is being handled by our lawyers. Also a letter of summons was issued to the contractor to appear in court,” Absalom said.
Absalom explained that Reggy's Trading was awarded the tender to construct 23 bachelor's flats and a two-bedroom unit in the Kavango West and Ohangwena regions, which included the three incomplete structures at Kasisvi Combined School.
Absalom said to date none of the planned buildings have been completed.
He said N$14.9 million was allocated for this project, and over N$6 million was paid to the contractor.
A lack of housing in rural areas has a negative impact on schools, as it discourages teachers to accept positions there.