The Namibian (Windhoek)

21 January 2013

Namibia: UDF Not to Blame for Khorixas Hospital Water Cut

THE Khorixas Constituency councillor, Sebastian !Gobs, says the United Democratic Front should not be blamed for the disconnection of the water supply to the Khorixas State Hospital.

"Namwater was responsible for the closure of water and not the UDF," !Gobs told The Namibian.

Namwater took over the water supply to Khorixas from the town council more than four years ago, !Gobs said.

"If anything happens in our town, UDF is always blamed. Don't forget that Swapo is represented by three council members in the Khorixas town council," !Gobs fumed.

He said he had chaired the recent meeting held over the water cut at the hospital. "I warned [them] not to politicise the closure of water at [the] hospital but Ellis [Geiriseb] is politicking," !Gobs said.

According to !Gobs, Swapo members are out to tarnish the UDF's image and this will not be left unchallenged.

He said Geiriseb followed the right route to consult his office and other relevant people, "but must stop politicking".

!Gobs also blamed the local Swapo leaders of blocking development at the town. "When proposals are sent from Khorixas [they are] blocked on the instructions of Swapo leaders," !Gobs said.

"We have dozens of proposals which were never approved. Some top Swapo leaders say that our town will never be developed because it's led by UDF. Lack of development is a clear sign that the Swapo-led government doesn't want to develop Khorixas."

!Gobs was reacting to an article published in The Namibian in which Geiriseb was reported to have been instrumental in the reconnection of the hospital's water.

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