Seven City Police cars damaged by Goreangab residents

20 Feb 2014 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JAN (NAMPA) - About seven City Police cars were damaged during a clash between members of the public and the City Police and Namibian Police Force officers in the Goreangab informal settlement here on Thursday.
The incident happened in the Samora Machel Constituency when the City of Windhoek was busy removing an incomplete illegal shack.
Members of the public started throwing stones at the police officials and they retaliated by firing shots into the air to disperse the angry residents.
At least seven community members were arrested in the process. One resident was hit by a stone, and the City ambulance was called in to attend to him.
City Police Chief Abraham Kanime told Nampa on Thursday they are going to find those people who damaged their cars, and legal action will be taken against them.
On his part, the owner of the shack, who asked not to be named, said he did not have a problem with the shack being removed, as he wants to comply with the law.
The CoW announced last month that it will take serious action against illegal settlers, including those at the Goreangab informal settlement.
The owner of the shack told this agency that he had a small shack there before, and was upgrading and extending it for them to live and also set up a restaurant.
“To our surprise, I received calls while at work that my shack was being removed,” he said.
He noted that the materials used to upgrade his shack is valued at about N.dollars 50 000.
An angry member of the public, Moses Shadjanale, asked the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development to visit the informal settlement and see how they need land.
“We are a peaceful nation, and we do not want violence. All we want is land, please give us land,” he called on the ministry and CoW.
Another angry youth, who also asked not to be named, said their land which their parents fought for, is now being given away to foreigners.
“We were born here and our parents fought for this land, but now you (government) are giving the land to the Chinese to set up their farms. This is not an industrial area,” said the angry youth, referring to a Chinese-owned farm nearby.
He further said that if the CoW and Government do not want them to stay there, they should as well remove the voters’ registration tent in their area.
“Why did you bring your voters’ registration tent here if you think people here are illegal. So you want illegal settlers to register or what?” he questioned.
Other residents said they are not against the Swapo party, but they strongly condemn the party “turning a blind eye to them”.