Namibian laws cause suffering: Kandjii

21 Feb 2014 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) – A local politician says some Namibian laws are an injustice, cause suffering, oppress and humiliate Namibian people, as these are still colonial laws.
Katutura Central Constituency Councillor, Ambrosius Kandjii said this when he addressed the National Council here on Thursday.
He said pensioners en masse are highly frustrated because they only receive court orders for eviction, and do not get an opportunity to address and be heard by the courts.
Kandjii then proposed that the Magistrate’s Court Act 32 of 1944 be amended without delay to give people access to that court.
“The most disappointing issue is that these laws are instrumented by our own people. These laws are confusing our generation, and therefore we need a law reform to speed up the amendment of this Act,” he said.
He also issued a serious warning to all institutions, banks, municipalities and local authorities to stop the practice of selling pensioners’ houses.
Kandjii said some pensioners' electricity and water bills amount to thousands of dollars, which they are unable to pay because they do not receive enough grants from the government, which is a painful situation.
He made reference to pensioner Wilhelmina Hansen whose house was auctioned by the Windhoek Municipality to settle an outstanding debt of N.dollars 9 000 in 2007.
“She died of heartache, as she could not accept the situation. It is unacceptable!” said the councillor.
He added that pensioners are suffering at the hands of their own people.
“We don't want a lawless country, only that the law should be updated,” requested Kandjii.
He noted that shelter is a basic right.
“Let us not destroy the dignity of our pensioners and people. These old people fought for this country and now this Act, which they don't even understand, is being used against them to deprive them off their rights,” stressed Kandjii.
He then called on all institutions, particularly banks and local authorities countrywide that put people's houses on auction, to stop these practices, because these customs are outdated Acts of 1944.