Rundu's potholed streets a pain for motorists

The new Rundu mayor has pleaded with residents to be patient and said when the rainy season is over, the council will prioritise street repairs.

21 January 2021 | Local News

KENYA KAMBOWE

RUNDU



Every rainy season, Rundu motorists endure potholed roads, forcing drivers to park their cars and commute to avoid damage to their vehicles.

A disgruntled motorist said he has been driving the potholed roads for years and has come to terms with it.

“I have been driving this road for many years and it's the same story every year. This time of the year, you wish you don't have a car because you will end the rainy season having to spend thousands of dollars repairing your car.

I don't know what the council is preoccupied with to desert the roads. All we see throughout the year is that they work on the potholes and now as you can see, their efforts have gone to waste,” he said.

One such road is Dr Sam Nujoma Road, where potholes one metre wide and about 20 centimetres deep force motorists to sway into the opposite lane or drive on the pavement.

When the rain stops

When contacted for comment, newly elected Rundu mayor Gabriel Kanyanga said he is well aware of the state of the roads.

He makes use of Dr Sam Nujoma Road daily to drive to work, he said, adding that it would not make sense to work on the roads at the moment as the rain would flush the materials away.

He pleaded with the community to be patient and said when the rainy season is over, council will prioritise working on the roads.

“I am well aware of the concerns by the public about the roads. As a resident of Rundu myself, I do use that road you are talking about.

“We, as council, have taken note of that and we shall wait until the rain stops and we will work on them,” he said.

He further said once resources are available, the council will also prioritise completely repairing roads and constructing new ones to ease the flow of traffic in the town.

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