Travellers stranded at Oshakati

08 January 2019 | Local News

Hundreds of holidaymakers returning from the northern regions were left stranded at Oshakati on Sunday due to a lack of transport.

The travellers, many of whom were expected back at work yesterday, packed the Okatana Service Station and the new Aupa Indongo Open Market in Oshakati waiting to find space in any available vehicle.

Some of the stranded travellers interviewed by Nampa expressed frustration, saying they were severely inconvenienced by the lack of transport.

Some of them had to return to the coast for work or school, while others needed to be dropped off at towns along the B1 national road.

“We cannot get transport to our desired destinations on time, as the available buses and minibuses refuse to take along those who are travelling shorter distances to places such as Tsumeb and Otjiwarongo,” said one traveller.

Moreover, there are complaints that those who travel shorter distances are charged the same fare of N$350 paid by those travelling to Windhoek.

Approached for comment, the secretary-general of the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (NABTA), Pendapala Nakathingo, said he could not promise that the stranded people would be able to make it to work on time.

“It seems all hope is lost and nothing can be done for them,” he said.

NABTA is the only association that is legally mandated to regulate the public transport sector in Namibia.

Nakathingo assured travellers that NABTA was in the process of reorganising the public transport industry so as to keep track of how many long-distance buses operate on which routes, and arrange for travellers to be picked up on time in order to avoid such situations at the beginning of the year.

NAMPA

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