11 January 2013

Namibia: No Money Owed to Khorixas - Permanent Secretary

THE acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Peter Ndaitwah, claims that the ministry doesn't owe the Khorixas Town Council money for water.

"We cannot allow the facility to go without water while we don't owe anything," a fired-up Ndaitwah said.

He was reacting after the Khorixas Town Council cut the water supply to the town's State hospital earlier this week for unpaid bills.

The acting PS said as far as the ministry was concerned there was no payment outstanding . Ndaitwah referred The Namibian to Kunene Health Director Thomas Shapumba.

Earlier this week, Shapumba had referred The Namibian to Ndaitwah.

Shapumba was in meetings yesterday and The Namibian could not get hold of him.

When asked why the water at the Khorixas State Hospital was cut off, Ndaitwah replied: "Best is to talk to the Khorixas Town Council."

Khorixas Town Council CEO Nicodemus #Gaeseb said: "There is nothing to be discussed with the media as I don't discuss my client issues in public."

The Namibian has learned that an arrangement was made with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to provide water to the hospital since the water reservoirs at the hospital had run dry.

According to reliable sources at the Khorixas Town Council, the hospital owes nearly N$300 000 in unpaid water bills.

Nurses at the hospital are collecting water outside the building for flushing the toilets, while some patients are going outside to relieve themselves in the bush. Some relatives have brought water from home when visiting patients.

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