The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration wants to see TransNamib transformed to offer services par excellence and have an integrated master plan to maximise return on investment.

The Committee was in the Otjozondjupa Region, where it familiarised itself with the dilapidated structures belonging to the parastatal.

The oversight visit follows recommendations to TransNamib by the Ministry of Works and Transport and stakeholders to introduce a master plan integrating air, road, rail, and maritime transportation modes.

At the end of the visit, the Committee will compile a report, which will centre around challenges regarding railway infrastructure, areas needing improvement, development, and economic planning.

"We are a company that receives quite an enormous amount of scrutiny, but we have nothing to hide. We are very happy that our national leaders are taking this opportunity to be able to come and actually see for themselves what is on the ground. That is what we appreciate. There is a lot of misinformation and disinformation about our company, and what I would appeal to as acting CEO of TransNamib is that let us speak only the truth and let us make sure we deal only with facts, and whatever it is that everybody requires, we are more than able to be open to talking to them," says Webster Gonzo, TransNamib's acting CEO.

Otjozondjupa Regional Council Chairperson, Marlayn Mbakera, encouraged the TransNamib leadership to turn around the company for the better.

"Be visionary in your leadership and come up with proposals for the Government. That's why the Government is coming to you; make use of the opportunities, and they will be able to help, assist, and advise you in whatever matter that will help us, because we are moving to an industrialised nation, and if we don't have you, we will not be able to move our goods and services to our people."

The Committee also visited railway infrastructure in the Ohangwena, Oshana, Kunene, Oshikoto, and Otjozondjupa Regions.




Faith Sankwasa