Rundu’s ‘nightmarish’ roads

11 January 2022 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe



RUNDU

While the Rundu town council recently appointed a contractor to revamp the dilapidated roads, the riverside town is a motorist’s nightmare during the rainy season due to bad road conditions.

For years, Namibian Sun has reported on Rundu motorists crying for better roads, with many opting to drive off-road instead of brave the town’s pothole-riddled streets.

Motorists yesterday reiterated their call for the town council to repair the roads.

“Year in, year out, the roads remain the same. In fact, whether it’s the rainy season or not, driving in Rundu is a nightmare. We sometimes go to other towns and experience good roads and hope Rundu will one day turn out that way but nothing changes. We have now gotten used to these bad roads by force,” a motorist who identified himself as Martin said.

According to Rundu CEO Olavi Nathanael, a contractor was awarded the tender late last year and is expected to commence work this month.

The contract is worth N$7 million and the contractor is expected to revamp the entire road network in Rundu.

Fixer-upper

Nathanael said no new roads will be constructed as the funds from the Road Fund Administration will solely be used for maintenance.

“We have already appointed somebody to do the job. That project is big, it’s worth N$7 million. The idea was to redo the whole Ngondo road, blading of some roads and re-gravelling of others,” he said.

“We want to do roads right this time around.”

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