• November 27th, 2020

Oshikoto

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Student leader eyes Oniipa

A student leader and youth activist, who is standing as an independent candidate, says he has amassed a wealth of experience and has crafted a workable plan for the Oniipa constituency.

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Cops to comb entire school for explosives

OMUTHIYA – Oshikoto education director Aletta Eises says the authorities have taken into consideration the safety of learners and teachers at King Kauluma Combined School, which will see police officers embarking on a de-mining operation of the entire school premises. 

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Etosha fire under control

The environment ministry has assured the public that the fire that broke out last week south of the Etosha National Park is not as bad as it seemed and is in fact regarded as a management tool for vegetation.

Ministry probes lion attack

OMUTHIYA - The environment ministry has launched an investigation to determine if a police case can be opened after farmers recently undertook to hunt a lioness that was reportedly killing goats north of Etosha National Park. 

Bayahi bakupa menzi akunwa akenile

OMUTHIYA – Bayahi ba Choi mwasilalanda sa Kongola, mwasikiliti sa Zambezi bakupa baliofesi kuankufisa kuisa mezi kwateñi, kakuli bahapelezwa kuzamaya misipili yemitelele kuyoka mezi kwaminzi yeli bukaufi.

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Omuthiya opens number plate shop

OMUTHIYA - An vehicle accessory shop opened its doors in Omuthiya last week bringing some relief to motorists who have been travelling long distances to either to Ondangwa or Tsumeb, to put number plates on their vehicles.

Community pleads for safe drinking water

OMUTHIYA - The community of Choi in Kongola constituency of the Zambezi region has appealed to the authorities to fast-track the provision of water, as they are forced to trek long distances to fetch water from nearby villages.

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Tsumeb runs out of land

The Tsumeb municipality is considering approaching Weatherly Mine Namibia for a portion of land as the local authority looks at expanding its town boundaries to meet the ever-increasing demand for urban land. 

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PDM ‘sidelined’ in Tsumeb CEO recruitment

OMUTHIYA – Popular Democratic Movement town councillor at Tsumeb Daniel Venaani claims the party’s advice and input towards the smooth and timely recruitment of a substantive CEO for the local municipality is being ignored by the majority members of the council who are from the ruling party. 

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Food relief for grief-stricken family

OMUTHIYA – The Onambango family, whose home was damaged by fire last month, resulting in the death of two children, received cement and corrugated iron sheets from Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) and Swapo Party Women Council (SPWC) to enable them to rebuild.

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Tsintsabis proclaimed a settlement

OMUTHIYA – The community of Tsintsabis in Guinas constituency can breathe a sigh of relief as the area was formally proclaimed a settlement, says its chief regional officer Frans Enkali, who assured the public that the area is receiving undivided developmental attention. 

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Residents want tarred road in Omuntele

OMUTHIYA – The community of Omuntele, which was last week at loggerheads with Roads Authority (RA) officials over a request to construct a tarred road in the area, has now requested Oshikoto regional governor Penda Ya Ndakolo to intervene.

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Miner beaten by colleagues

OMUTHIYA – A group of former mineworkers assaulted a former colleague at B&E, International Namibia, a company contracted by Weatherly Mining at its Tschudi mine after he was accused of pulling out of a group resignation in which he was initially part of.

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Job interviews a waste of time - teachers

OMUTHIYA - A number of unemployed qualified teachers staged a peaceful demonstration at Omuthiya on Friday where they demanded the abolishment of job interviews, claiming the process was a waste of resources as hundreds scramble for few posts. 

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Four nabbed for stock theft

OMUTHIYA - The police on Saturday through an undercover operation managed to apprehend four stock theft suspects. They have been allegedly terrorising farms in the vicinity of Tsumeb over the past months. 

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Hautoni’s bumpy road to university

It was not easy being a village girl then you find yourself in a big town where you barely know anyone, seized with only one option – to fend and explore the harsh realities of this world, says Lavinia Hautoni (19), a first-year Pre-Engineering student at Unam.

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Oshivelo checkpoint screens  1 600

OSHIVELO – A total of 1 645 people has so far been medically screened at the Oshivelo checkpoint since the beginning of Covid-19 national lockdown on Saturday, revealed the station commander Inspector Victor Mbonabi.

Mayor defends demolition of vendor structures 

OMUTHIYA – Tsumeb mayor Mathew Hangula has come to the defence of the municipality’s decision to demolish informal traders’ structures within the town on Friday, saying this was dictated by the requirements on how vendors can operate under the national Covid-19 lockdown. 

Vulnerable in Grootfontein endure hardship

OMUTHIYA – Some towns usually provide decent and relief shelter to impoverished people and homeless members of their communities. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Grootfontein at this time of the Covid-19 global pandemic, as some marginalised still languish in the streets.

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Committee instructed to unlock tap

OMUTHIYA -The mayor of Omuthiya Katrina Uusiku yesterday ordered a community committee at Kaniita informal settlement unlocked a water tap to enable the community to have an uninterrupted flow of water for its daily needs.

47 fined for selling booze backdoor

OMUTHIYA – The police in Oshikoto has issued fines worth a combined N$98 000 to 47 alcohol traders who sold liquor backdoors, in violation of the guidelines and regulations of the state of emergency imposed nationally to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Heavy rains impoverish family of seven

OMUTHIYA – Heavy rains have left a family of seven destitute in Akoonde village in Eengodhi constituency after two of their huts were washed away. They have reconstructed one small hut with cardboard boxes and corrugated zinc sheets, which they share with five children. 

Institutions compelled to embrace online lectures

OMUTHIYA – Governments around the world have closed educational institutions in an attempt to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, and some institutions now offer classes online to ensure teaching is not severely disrupted by the virus that has impacted many sectors.

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Politician heads into full-time farming

OMUTHIYA – The outgoing special advisor to the governor of Oshikoto Erwin ‘Nation’ Nashikaku whose term ended on 20 March says he would like to see the right people with the requisite skills being placed into right positions to propel the country forward.

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Separate road accidents claim 11 lives

OMUTHIYA – Eleven people perished on the country’s national roads, with two more deaths recorded in Oshikoto on Friday in addition to that of the other nine that perished in the horrendous Okahandja-Otjiwarongo road on Thursday while passengers were headed home.

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Omuthiya Bikers Club appeal for assistance

OMUTHIYA – The Omuthiya Bikers’ Club is appealing to all Good Samaritans to assist with securing a storage container for their growing number of bikes, saying the garage they are currently using at a private residence can no longer withstand the mounting number.

Negligent parents to be arrested 

OMUTHIYA – The police in Oshikoto has vowed to take drastic action against parents who deliberately leave minors alone without any adult supervision, saying this has been a cause of concern leading to the death of many toddlers because of the lack of parental care.

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Dundee invest N$25 million in heavy-duty machinery

OMUTHIYA – Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb recently purchased industry heavy-duty machinery to be used in transportation of materials at the smelting mine. The machinery was procured from Barloworld Equipment Namibia to the tune of N$25 million and was handed over to Dundee last month. 

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Build It Omuthiya commits to assisting schools

OMUTHIYA – Hardware retailer Build It Omuthiya has signalled its firm commitment in assisting the education sector in Oshikoto region, said business owner Herman Nekomba in remarks delivered on his behalf by store manager Lebeus Petrus during the handover of building material to the Omuthiyagwiipundi Secondary School.

Two perish in road accident

OMUTHIYA – Two people died on Monday evening when the vehicles they were travelling in collided head-on between Onathinge and Onyaanya, while others are fighting for their lives at Onandjokwe state hospital where they were admitted in a critical condition. 

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Onyuulaye top performers recognised

The Onyuulaye circuit in Oshikoto region recently celebrated outstanding learners and teachers with an award ceremony. Omutse Combined School and Ndjukuma Primary School walked away with most individual awards, proving not only to have some of the best performing learners, but the best teachers in the circuit.

Defaulting Endombo residents face eviction

OMUTHIYA – About 20 tenants of Endombo compound in Tsumeb were on Tuesday served with eviction notices under heavy police presence for failure to pay rent since 2017. Earlier reports suggested the number to be close to 300, but this figure was denied by the property owner, Christo Groenwald. 

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Oshikoto top performers awarded

OMUTHIYA – Despite challenges faced by the education sector in Namibia, well determined teachers and school principals remain consistent and dedicated to their duties to ensure that learners are equipped with necessary skills. 

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Hautoni realises her dream

OMUTHIYA – It only took less than 30 minutes for Namibians to pool resources together for 19-year-old Lavinia Hautoni who was languishing at home without support to further her studies, despite achieving 38 points in grade 12 last year.

Okankolo grapples with network challenges

OKANKOLO – Although MTC is working tirelessly to ensure that everyone has access to communication and has built network towers to ensure connections are made easier in different parts of the country, some areas seem still to be lagging behind. 

Mooted reservoir can ease water woes

OMUTHIYA – Water utility NamWater and the Omuthiya Town Council are planning to set up an additional reservoir that will be dedicated to serving the town in order to ease the water woes that has plagued the area for many years. 

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Contractor dumps construction site

ONANDJOKWE - Following the widely circulated video depicting the deplorable conditions of the Onandjokwe hospital’s maternity ward, the executive director in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe says a new contractor will be appointed to complete the work of the maternity ward.

Rural school gets new classroom

OMUTHIYA – Omukwaniilwa Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo last Friday officiated at the inaguration of a classroom at Shuumbwa Combined School where he personally pledged to improve the condition of the school, including ensuring that it was electrified in the coming years.

SMEs get a shot in the arm

OMUTHIYA - In a quest to boost business and promote self-reliance among entrepreneurs, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare on Wednesday handed over equipment to nine small and medium enterprises (SMEs) at Omuthiya. 

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NHE houses to get facelift

OMUTHIYA - The National Housing Enterprises (NHE) has announced a new design for its houses across various ranges, bringing a new taste to prospective homeowners and extending room size. NHE CEO Gisbertus Mukulu made the announcement during the handover of 50 completed units at Omuthiya yesterday.

Man runs amok, beats boy to death

OMUTHIYA – A two-year-old boy died instantly on Saturday after a 50-year-old man allegedly beat him with a spade all over his body, while a second victim, a girl aged three, is fighting for her life at Onandjokwe hospital where she was admitted in a critical condition.

Vandalism of water infrastructure costly

ONANKALI – The Directorate of Rural Water Supply in Oshikoto region says the vandalism of infrastructure continues to be a major hurdle in government’s efforts to provide uninterrupted water supply.  It claims some community members have been vandalising property and fencing off road paths, making it difficult for government officials to access certain areas. 

Dogs maul toddler to death

TSUMEB - A toddler was mauled to death by dogs on Tuesday at Oniihandi village near Oniipa. The Oshikoto police have opened an inquest into the death of the toddler who was allegedly mauled by dogs.

Taba yamubu yatalimwa mwa Katima Mulilo

OMUTHIYA – Muzamaisi wakatengo katolopo ya Katima Mulilo, Raphael Liswaniso, ubulela kuli kalulo yabatu babapila basina litokwahalo sakata kiya swalelele. Kalulo yamubu ise ifitile famayemo amatuna, kuli mane batu sebasweli kuiswalela mubu, kamaikuto akuli katengo katolopo kasweli kupalelwa kutatulula litokwahalo zabona.

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Pupils squat on school ground

OMUTHIYA - Grade 12 learners at Omuthiyagwiipundi Secondary School in Oshikoto region, who are currently sitting for the year-end national examinations, have opted to squat in tents on school ground as temporary means to bridge the distance they travel from their homes.

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Family donates to school

OKASHANA KOOMANYA - Oomanya Combined School yesterday received 100 chairs and desks valued at N$86 000 from the Gwanyena family, which hails from Okashana Koomanya, an area in which the school is situated.

Omuthiya bigwigs accused of nepotism

OMUTHIYAGWIIPUNDI - Local authority councillors of Omuthiya Town Council are once again implicated in allegations of nepotism, following their alleged involvement in the recruitment of a human resources practitioner and an environmental health inspector.

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Heroes' Day tribute song

OMUTHIYA – The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology’s Oshikoto regional office, as the custodian of ICT development, hosted auditions that saw various aspiring artists compete for an opportunity to use their talent and vocals on producing an in-house Heroes' Day tribute song.

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27 face eviction from army ground

OMUTHIYA - The Ministry of Defence is set to evict several households and over 20 farmers whose cattle posts encroach into the army grounds between King Kauluma and Oshivelo in Oshikoto Region.  The area covers about 14 kilometres, locals say. 

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Rhino fatally bumped in Etosha

OMUTHIYA –  A rhino was fatally bumped by a vehicle driven by an employee of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET). The incident happened about 10 kilometres from Namutoni on the road leading to King Nehale Gate in Etosha.

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MKP pledges N$50 million to Swapo

TSUMEB – MKP South Africa, the brainchild company behind a new Smart City township in Tsumeb, has pledged a N$50 million ‘monthly’ contribution to Swapo as a token of appreciation for having created political stability which provides a conducive environment for business. 

Omuthiya youth fair aborted

OMUTHIYA -The annual Omuthiya Youth Fair and Trade Expo has been cancelled at an eleventh hour, due to financial constraints and the lack of sponsorship due to the drought in funding caused by the general poor performance of the country’s economy.

Minors burn to death in a hut

OMUTHIYA - Two minor children burned to death in a sleeping hut at Oshikondeilwa village, while their parents were away at local cuca shops. According to the Oshikoto police report, the incident happened

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Escaped Etosha lions kill cow

OMUTHIYA - A cow is said to have been killed by two lions that escaped from Etosha National Park outside a farm near Oshivelo, revealed Romeo Muyunda the spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

Oshikoto supports removal of redline

OMUTHIYA - During a recent consultative meeting the Swapo Party leadership in Oshikoto Region added their voice to proponents for the removal of the veterinary cordon fence, also known as the redline, in an effort to unlock business opportunities for beef farmers north of the cordon fence.

Omuthiya protests against cannabis legalisation

OMUTHIYA - A group of about 20 people under Turning Point Namibia, staged a peaceful demonstration yesterday in Omuthiya where they handed over a petition to the Oshikoto governor, objecting to recent campaigns and protests calling for the legalisation of cannabis.

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War veterans reject state housing

OMUTHIYA - Some war veterans that were to benefit from the veterans affairs housing scheme have been reportedly refusing to move into the houses upon completion, an issue that has irked the ministry which says the houses could have been diverted to more deserving individuals.

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Congo Fever under control in Oshikoto

OMUTHIYA - Animal technicians from various veterinary offices in Oshikoto Region were hard at work for the past three days, treating animals over suspected presence of a Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), simply known as Congo Fever,  in the area.

Onyaanya farmers adopt new practices

OMUTHIYA - There is an African proverb saying, “An environment must be suited to the age and men to their environment”. Putting the proverb into practice, a group of 40 farmers from the Onyaanya Constituency in the Oshikoto Region, gathered to deliberate on new farming methods to survive the current drought.

Build It aids shack-fire victims

OMUTHIYA -Build It in Omuthiya aided three shack-fire victims by providing building materials, after a thirteen year-old-girl last week set alight the shacks in what is believed to be a vengeful act. They are all in one house. 

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Mushelenga to address Omuthiya over compensation

OMUTHIYA -The Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga has granted an audience with distressed community members of Omuthiya and surrounding villages who claim to have been robbed and unfairly compensated by the town council when they ceded their land to pave way for township development.

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Man ‘forced’ to drink poison in March dies

ONGWEDIVA – An employee of Ondonga Traditional Authority who was allegedly forced to drink poison by three men who broke into his room at Onethindi last month succumbed to his injuries on Sunday afternoon. His mother Tresia Shipanga confirmed the sad news to New Era.

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Ondonga case struck from court roll

WINDHOEK – The matter in which two members of the Ondonga royal family wanted the Windhoek High Court on an urgent basis to interdict a member of another faction from acting as if he was the successor to the throne was struck from the court roll on Friday for lack of urgency.

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Aandonga in court tussle over crown

WINDHOEK - Two members of the Ondonga Traditional Authority and possible successors to the late Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas will bring an urgent application in the High Court on Thursday this week for an order interdicting and restraining Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo from appointing a successor to the deceased or taking over in that capacity.

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Omadhiya rejoices over piped water

OMUTHIYA - The recently completed 2.4-kilometre water pipeline has brought joy and relief to the drought-stricken community of Omadhiya in Oniipa Constituency, as the Rural and Water Supply Directorate opened the taps on Tuesday.

SPYL to build hostel for learners

OMUTHIYA – Pained by the fate of learners at Iipindi Secondary School who for years have lived in squalid shacks that they rent in Oshikoto, the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has embarked on a mission to construct a school hostel for the affected learners.

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Build It brings relief to Omuthiya

OMUTHIYA -Local people and from the surroundings of Omuthiya who previously procured most of their building materials from Ondangwa have welcomed the recent opening of Build It, a hardware store in Omuthiya, with the Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba saying the new venture will bring relief.

NCAs net importers of beef

OMUTHIYA - Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) are net importers of beef from south of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF), despite a higher livestock population in the areas, says Meatco Foundation’s report on an overview of the market in the NCAs.

Swapo regional positions up for grabs

OMUTHIYA - Swapo Regional Coordinator for Oshikoto, Armas Amukwiyu says the party is prepared and ready to conduct elections to elect the new party leadership in sections, branches, districts structures, after the mandate of the current regional leadership expired.

Omuthiya clamps down on illegal cattle posts 

OMUTHIYA -The Ondonga Traditional Authority through the Omuthiya district court together with various village headmen are working around the clock to enforce law and order at pastures at Okashana due to persistent lawlessness and illegal occupation by farmers. 

Kafidi heads for graceful retirement

OMUTHIYA - The Director of Education, Arts and Culture for Oshikoto Region, Lameck Kafidi who will be retiring next month bade farewell to the educational fraternity on Friday as he handed down awards of excellence to hundreds of learners and teachers.

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Omuthiya to start impounding stray cattle

OMUTHIYA - Farmers from the areas surrounding Omuthiya are being warned to keep their animals out of town lands, ahead of the operationalisation of an impounding kraal to be used for keeping stray animals that have been seized from the central business district.

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Guinas to get own constituency office

OMUTHIYA -The Oshikoto Regional Council says plans are underway to construct an administrative  office at Tsintsabis for Guinas Constituency, whose staff has been without an office for the past several years compelling them to operate from a settlement office.

Woman raped, hacked to death

OMUTHIYA -A 49-year-old woman was on Friday night viciously chopped to death with a panga by a man who also allegedly earlier raped her. The incident happened around 22h00 at nearby Shebeens of Emanya village in Oshikoto Region. 

Govt to evict intruding farmers at Ondera

ONDERA - For the past years, Ondera, a government resettlement farm allocated to marginalised community has seen an increase in overnight farmers illegally occupying land, a move that irked the indigenous people who want government to intervene to arrest the situation.

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Oshikoto had less crime, accidents over festive season

OMUTHIYA - Crime and motor accidents in Oshikoto Region drastically reduced over the festive season, an achievement the Deputy Commissioner for Crime Prevention, Petrus Shigwedha, attributed to various tactical operations such as night foot and vehicle patrols in town and villages, as well as setting up permanent roadblocks.

Stigma a setback to efforts to contain HIV

OSHIVELO - The councillor of Nehale Lya Mpingana, Leevi Reinholdt, is of the view that if stigma and discrimination is not addressed urgently among communities, it will erode the efforts made so far to fight and ensure many people get tested for HIV/AIDs.

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Oniipa retains its councillors

ONGWEDIVA – The Oniipa Town Council political office-bearers retained their positions when Mannetijes Kambonde and Lovisa Ndeapo Iikali were re-elected to serve as mayor and deputy mayor respectively at a swearing-in ceremony held at the town on Tuesday.

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Community de-bushes railway line to curb accidents

OMUTHIYA - The prevalent occurrences of train accidents involving human and motorists who reside in villages along the railway line in the northern part of Namibia have prompted communities of Oshifukwa and Okapuku villages to embark on a de-bushing campaign along the railway line.