Rehoboth Baster Community

UPM wants Hardap split up

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The United People’s Movement (UPM) has proposed to the Delimitation Commission that the Hardap Region be divided into two regions – to be called Oanob and Hardap – to accelerate socio-economic development and to minimise the influx of people to towns.

The following article appeared on 30 April 2013 in the Nambian:


The UPM is of the view that the regional leadership could not meet the expectations of  the inhabitants due to the region’s vastness. 

It also proposed that the borders of the region be extended in a north-easterly direction along the B1 highway up to the 40-kilometre mark of the Omeya development outside Windhoek.

It suggested that the region also be extended eastwards from the Omeya development  to Dordabis where it meets the Omaheke Region border, and southwards up to the Rehoboth Rural Constituency’s  northern boundary.

The UPM wants the part which previously fell under the Khomas Region to be divided into two constituencies, namely the  Groot-Aub and Dordabis constituencies. 

It also proposed that Mariental Rural, Mariental Urban and Rehoboth Rural be split into two constituencies. 

The Oanob Region  should consist of the Schlip, Aub, Groot-Aub, Dordabis, Rehoboth Urban West and Rehoboth East constituencies, the UPM proposed. 

The party rejected a proposal by the Hardap regional leadership that Kainachas in the Karas Region should become part of the region’s Gibeon Constituency and that Leonardville and Aminuis in the Omaheke Region be incorporated into the Hardap  Region. 

It also poured cold water on a suggestion that part of the Caprivi Region be incorporated into the Kavango Region, saying that the views of people in the Caprivi Region must be respected.