//Kharas, Hardap residents protest at road rehabilitation groundbreaking

//Kharas, Hardap residents protest at road rehabilitation groundbreaking

Residents of //Kharas and Hardap attempted to stop the groundbreaking ceremony of the rehabilitation and upgrading of the 88 kilometre long stretch of the B1 road between Tses and Gibeon. The group claim that the sub-contractors who are awarded the multi-million dollar tender are not from the two regions.
They claim the tender has been awarded to SMEs from the /Khomas Region and elsewhere.
Governor of the Hardap Region, Salomon April and his counterpart from //Kharas, Aletha Fredricks arrived at the scene and addressed the group.
Both Fredricks and April informed the group that they have not followed the correct procedures to raise their grievances.
The Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa, however, says that it is Government policy that should a project of this magnitude take place, residents of that area must be considered for jobs as unskilled labourers. He says Namibia is a diverse country but for manual jobs, the residents of those areas must be considered.
The road rehabilitation project is funded by KFW of Germany as a loan to the Namibian Government at a cost of about N$500 million.
The project is expected to kick off in January next year.