EPUKIRO CONSTITUENCY EPUKIRO CONSTITUENCY

Epukiro Constituency is an electoral constituency in Omaheke Region. It has the smallest population of 6,106 inhabitants in the region according to the 2011 Population and Housing Census report.

The Regional Councillor for Epukiro Constituency is Honourable Cornelius Kanguatjivi of the Swapo Party.  Hon. Kanguatjivi also represents the Omaheke Region as a Member of the National Council.

The constituency has a very young population with a median age estimate of 19 years. Like most of the constituencies, Epukiro Constituency depends largely on farming and earnings from pensions. Farming conditions in this constituency are very harsh and predominantly characterized by unfriendly climatic conditions, such as erratic rainfall, and poor soils. It is heavily populated by invader bush-species that have replaced the grass species browsed by livestock, subsequently limiting the carrying capacity of the farm land. 

Epukiro Constituency has approximately 52 villages whose livelihoods mainly consist of livestock farming interspersed by a few non-farming activities such retail shops. 

The infrastructure and services available in Epukiro for support of the Constituency development efforts range from Energy, Information and Communication Technology, Water and Sanitation, to Housing and Transportation. 

The constituency lags badly behind in the following key economic activities: Tourism, Manufacturing, Industrial Development and Mining. These are fundamental pillars for development.

 

Economic Development and Investment

Mining

Eiseb Mining & Prospecting is performing prospecting of copper and other minerals in the constituency.

Tourism and accommodation

Tjiri Lodge is located at Okovimburu and has six (6) rooms available as well as a conference facility. The lodge also organizes cultural activities to entertain the guests.

Livestock production 

The constituency’s economy is driven primarily by livestock farming, both large and small. 

There are three auction kraals in the constituency located in Epukiro Pos 3, Otjiwarongo and Otjimanangombe. Approximately 300-400 cattle are traded bi-weekly. 

 

Economic Potential

  • Filling station
  • Butchery
  • Production of animal fodder
  • Banking
  • Bakery
  • Agri-industry
  • Poultry farming at large scales due to availability of land for such ventures
  • Aquaculture in some villages which have water in abundance like Otjimanangombe, Kaalpan, and Okozondje
  • Commercialization of indigenous knowledge