Headman invites entrepreneurs

24 April 2019 | Local News

Ncaute village headman Mukunga Kangora says he is willing to make land available to entrepreneurs who are willing to establish shops in the area, so locals can have access to basic necessities.

Kangora expressed concern over the absence of a shops selling basic food items, such as bread and cooking oil, at the village.

Residents have to travel about 60 kilometres to Rundu in order to buy basic necessities.

Kangora said residents pay a N$120 transport fee to travel to and from Rundu, which is too much, especially for those dependent on monthly government grants.

He said the presence of a clinic, schools, a police station and a supermarket will add immense value to the village. “What we need now is a supermarket - a shop which sells bread, cooking oil and even just maize meal,” Kangora said.

“Transport to and from Rundu is N$120 in total and you also have to pay a fee for the goods you have bought. People don't need to travel to Rundu to buy bread or cooking oil. I am willing to allocate a piece of land to anyone who is willing to set up a supermarket and sell the items we need.”

Kangora said most of the existing shops are alcohol outlets, which he said are contributing to the many social ills plaguing the village.

He also highlighted the challenges of high youth unemployment, teenage pregnancies and access to water. On youth unemployment, Kangora said he has observed that young people are preoccupied with alcohol and drug abuse, which is worrisome.

“I am worried about the future of the youth in my village, because most of them who did not make it into tertiary education or drop out of school, are now the regular customers at cuca shops, which should not be the case,” Kangora said.

He called on the government to look at ways of establishing community projects in constituencies, which can keep the youth busy. He said they will also be able to acquire basic skills and seek employment.

Kangora said teenage pregnancies in the village can be attributed to poverty and a lack of parental guidance, saying girls would rather enter into a relationship with an older man, in the hope that they will escape the poverty they face at home. They then inevitably fall pregnant.

“I believe that no happy person will leave their home to go and sleep with an older man, just to get pregnant. Poverty is a major factor, and if a girl is promised a good life by these older men, the chances of them falling for it is high and the end result will be pregnancy,” Kangora said.

He also highlighted the issue of water, saying although a windmill and some boreholes exist in the area, water woes affect a number of villagers at Ncaute.

He said there are people who travel about 10 kilometres to fetch water, which needs to be addressed.

“Water is a basic necessity and people should have access to it. Some of our people are struggling to get water, and is not right that after 29 years of independence, access to potable and clean water should still be demanded.

"Although the government has made a number of strides in developing the country, access to water should be a top priority and should never be compromised,” Kangora added.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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