President happy with road development in Omaheke
Aminuis – Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has expressed satisfaction with road development in the Omaheke region, especially the Otjinene-Grootfontien and Gobabis-Aminuis-Aranos roads that are being upgraded to bitumen standard.
The president, who was in Omaheke region last weekend, took a helicopter tour of Otjinene east of Gobabis to acquaint himself with works on the Otjinene-Grootfontein road, which is expected to link the two towns to the Trans-Zambezi Highway at Grootfontein.
“I am happy with progress on the Otjinene-Grootfontein road. People are working, and I hope they will continue working hard so that the road is completed in time,” the president said, while addressing the community of Aminuis during a Swapo Party star rally on October 4.
He said the project is part of the government infrastructure development programme. The first phase of the 150-kilometre road between Gobabis and Otjinene, which links the Trans-Kalahari High Way to Otjinene, has been completed.
“We are now working on Otjinene-Grootfontein road, which will connect Gobabis and Otjinene to the Trans-Zambezi Highway at Grootfontein. This development provides the residents of Omaheke Region, especially the farmers, with faster and safer access to markets and other centres in the northern and north-eastern regions. Before it reaches Grootfontein, the road will go through Okamatapati,” Pohamba said.
Infrastructure development has been one of the main focal areas of President Pohamba during his 10-year tenure as Namibia’s head of state, with billions of dollars spent on road constructions across the country. His second and last presidential term ends on March 21, 2015.
During the ground-breaking ceremony of the Gobabis-Aminuis-Aranos road upgrade in December 2013, President Pohamba dedicated the road to former nationalist and OvaHerero chief Hosea Katjikururume Kutako and resident of Aminuis. He said the development would usher in a new dawn in the way farmers and businesspeople in Aminuis conduct their operations.
“The time has come for this road to be worked on so that the descendants of Chief Katjikururume will no longer travel on dust roads. We owe it to his legacy to upgrade this road to bitumen standards,” he remarked during the ground-breaking ceremony.
Other major developments include the Tsumeb-Tsintsabis-Katwitwi road that connects Namibia to the Angolan Southern Province of Cuando Cubango at Katwitwi border post.
And the 370km road from Rundu in the Kavango Region to Elundu in Ohangwena Region, which was completed in 2010, is the biggest road projects ever undertaken in independent Namibia. Works are also in progress to rehabilitate and upgrade the 78km Windhoek-Okahandja road to a dual carriage way.
And many bush tracks have been upgrade to gravel standards across the country since President Pohamba came to power in March 2005.