What happened to government houses?
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts (PAC) will embark on site visits to government-owned residential properties in five regions, commencing on 6 May 2014.
The site visits will be undertaken based on the outcomes contained in the Auditor General’s follow up report on the utilization of government houses in the regions from the year 2009 until 2011, which uncovered serious misuse of government houses countrywide.
The misuse of government houses range from illegal leasing of government houses, usage for business purposes such as bars and tuck shops as well as illegal claims to occupants claiming ownership.
In addition to the above, administrative issues such as the maintenance of government houses, functions of the Housing Committees, and rules on the occupation of official quarters will also be looked into.
The programme for the site visits will commence as follows: on 6 May 2014 the Committee will be in Otjozondjupa region where they will pay a courtesy call to the Otjozondjupa’s Regional Governor. The PAC will also meet the Regional Heads of Government, ministries, agencies and the housing committees within the region, before embarking on the inspection of government houses.On 7 May the PAC will carry out an inspection in Okakarara.
On 8 May the team will be conducting the inspection in Otavi and on 9 May they will be conducting the inspection in Grootfontein.
On 10 May, the committee will move to Zambezi region. On 12 May they will conduct the inspection of government houses in Katima Mulilo, moving back to Rundu with the inspection scheduled for 13 May.
On 14 May the Committee will be in Oshana Region where they will conduct an inspection on government houses in Oshakati. Next on the itinerary is Ongwediva (15 May) and finally Ondangwa on 16 May before returning to Windhoek.