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The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, Anna Shiweda, stated that the water crisis being experienced in the northern-central regions has been partially resolved.

Shiweda was responding to concerns raised by Rally for Democratic Party (RDP) MP Kennedy Shekupakela regarding the severity of the water situation in the Oshikoto Region.

"It will take some time for the reservoirs to fill up, but it has started to flow, and I really pray that it will be for a very long time to come that we don't have these disruptions because it has been very disruptive to the lives of people."

Water disruptions were caused by the maintenance and cleaning of the ageing canal that supplies water to some of the affected regions.

Shiweda acknowledged that population growth had put additional strain on the water sector, and the current infrastructure was insufficient to meet the demand.

She outlined the government's long-term plans to address the water crisis in these affected communities.

"We are going to replace the whole pipeline from Omuthiya to Omutsegonime. NamWater, with the support of the KfW, is going to connect water from the Ohangwena to have the water flowing from all sides and also connect to other villages. This is all the planned programming that we have. Just to bring water to the people to relieve these challenges that our people have been experiencing."

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Serafia Nadunya