Rundu ratepayers owe N$200m

08 October 2019 | Local News

The cash-strapped Rundu town council has threatened to suspend water supply to residents with overdue water bills.

In a public notice dated 3 October, the council stated that it would start disconnecting services the next day unless defaulters immediately settled their accounts.

When contacted at the weekend, the council's acting CEO, Herman Haingura, said residents owed more than N$200 million.







He said part of that amount was the result of interest on unpaid accounts.

This is not the first time the council has threatened to suspend services.

In August 2016 the council had threatened to cut the water supply to 210 residences, ministries and businesses that owed the local authority about N$190 million.

Former Rundu CEO Romanus Haironga said the high water debt was partly because of political interference by town councillors who blocked the council's efforts to collect revenue.

“At times, we are told not to disconnect residents because it is election time and then after elections, councillors tell us again not to disconnect because they just came into office,” Haironga was quoted.

At the time the local authority's debt to NamWater stood at about N$40 million.

That amount doubled within two years. By 2018, the Rundu town council owed NamWater N$85 million, which prompted the bulk supplier to require payment in advance.

Since then the council has reduced its debt to about N$76 million.

[email protected]

KENYA KAMBOWE

Similar News

 

Booze taps to open

4 hours ago | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEK Alcohol is set flow in Namibia after midnight on 1 June, with the exception of Walvis Bay. The harbour...

Namibia lags behind on child rights

4 hours ago | Local News

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK A new global index shows that Namibia is still lagging behind when it comes to children's rights. Namibia placed 106th out of...

Ongwediva residents cautioned against burning refuse

1 day - 28 May 2020 | Local News

ILENI NANDJATO ONGWEDIVA After 13 incidents of fires this month, the Ongwediva town council has cautioned residents to refrain from burning refuse....

No cigarette ban for Nam

2 days ago - 27 May 2020 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe RUNDU Namibian smokers can breathe a sigh of relief: The sale of cigarettes and tobacco products will not be...

Push for more community rights over resources

2 days ago - 27 May 2020 | Local News

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK A new study by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) looked at community natural resource management in Namibia...

Shilimela oha longitha oomiliyona mbali mokukaleka po omadhagadhaga ge

2 days ago - 27 May 2020 | Local News

ILENI NANDJATO OSHIGAMBO Banda Shilimela, ngoka e li gumwe gwomaanangeshefa aanene moNamibia, okwa popi kutya oha longitha oomiliyona mbali kehe omwedhi...

Body of Namibian won't be repatriated from UK

3 days ago - 26 May 2020 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEK International relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has confirmed the death of Namibian expatriate Abiud Uazeua in the United Kingdom from a coronavirus-related infection.Uazeua...

Shilimela forks out N$2m a month on helicopters

3 days ago - 26 May 2020 | Local News

ILENI NANDJATO OSHIGAMBO A northern businessman says there's nothing fancy to owning a helicopter, apart from forking out large amounts of money every month.On...

Geingob pardons prisoners

3 days ago - 26 May 2020 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEK President Hage Geingob has pardoned 1 023 prisoners, but those convicted of murder, attempted murder, rape, treason, assault with the intent to...

PDM kuuvitile egwedhelo lyiifuta yomalweendo

3 days ago - 26 May 2020 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES OVENDUKA Ongundu yoPopular Democratic Movement (PDM) oya pula uuministeli womalweendo oshowo oRoad Transportation Board of Namibia ya kuthe po egwedhelo lyomalweendo noopresenda 15...

Latest News

New applicants get 53% of...

4 hours ago | Fishing

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKEighty-one old fishing right holders have been handed new fishing quotas, while...

Quarantine gobbles up N$11.3m

4 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKTo date, government has spent N$11.3 million on quarantine facilities, which include five-star lodges and meals, health ministry executive...

A government without empathy

4 hours ago | Opinion

Yesterday, the spokesperson of thousands of Walvis Bay fishermen fired in 2015, Matthew Lungameni, visited our show, The Evening Review, to relay a sad story...

Poaching suspects appear in camera

4 hours ago | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEK Four of the eight suspects arrested in connection with the alleged poaching of two rhino horns near Gobabis appeared in the...

Battle over Andimba hostels

4 hours ago | Education

ILENI NANDJATOONDANGWAThe leadership of Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo Senior Secondary School at Ondangwa is unhappy with Oshana education director Hileni Amukana, who is allegedly blocking...

We are not at war...

4 hours ago | Economics

Kenya KamboweRUNDUPolitical commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah has questioned why government continues to divert billions of dollars to the defence ministry, while the country is not under...

NamPower to electrify 1 000...

4 hours ago | Energy

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK NamPower is set to electrify 1 000 households in Windhoek's peri-urban areas at a cost of N$15.5 million. This was announced yesterday...

Introducing a new sound

4 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE WINDHOEK Regarded as one of the top music groups in the Kavango, Tight Kasi Brothers (TKB) is a nationally recognised trio with...

Media personality gets candid on...

4 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE WINDHOEKBubbly writer, poet and presenter Anne Hambuda has pushed the pen for some of the top media houses in the country, and recently,...

Load More