Speaker Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi poses with the Otjinene community after the meeting
|Story by George Sanzila
Otjinene- Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi met the Otjinene local authority leadership and community members as part of his outreach programme that began on Monday (21/05/17). The visit is meant to take stock of development efforts and challenges. This forms part of the Speaker’s oversight function. The visit follows similar undertakings in the Kavango west and east regions.
Residents of Otjinene raised a number of concerns such as lack of reliable electricity and portable water in some communal areas. The Speaker whose outreach programme is themed “Parliament for social development” was also interested in finding out how the area has progressed in early childhood development efforts.
“There’s a law that was passed a couple of years ago dealing with early childhood development centres. We have to invest in our children and lay a firm foundation before they are introduced in formal schooling”, urged the Speaker.
The Otjinene community has taken its own initiative on the latter by setting up privately run day care centres to care and offer elementary education to children. Speaker Katjavivi was impressed with the resourcefulness of the community noting that it was important for communities to meet government halfway. The Speaker’s outreach programme to the three regions ends today and a report will soon be tabled in the National Assembly.
Otjinene constituency lies about 164 north of Gobabis in the Omaheke region.