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Communities unhappy with dry toilet projectGOVERNMENT’S plan to construct over 6 500 dry pit-latrine toilets across the country has been greeted with little appreciation from rural community members who stand to benefit, calling the system inferior.The construction of the toilets is expected to cost the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry over N$200 million, targeting about 500 toilets per region.
The project, which started in 2009, is part of the National Sanitation Strategy, run by the Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation Coordination in the agriculture ministry.
So far, more than 1 000 dry pit toilets have been constructed in Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana and Kunene regions, with 13 tenders awarded.
Some Okakarara community members complained of the unhealthy conditions that come with the construction of dry pit toilets.