Oshakati preparing to relocate some residents

25 Mar 2014 13:40pm
OSHAKATI, 25 MAR (NAMPA) – The relocation of residents of Oshakati’s Sky, Eemwandi and Oshoopala informal settlements will only materialise once the town council has completed the establishment of relocation areas.
Corporate communications officer of the Oshakati Town Council (OTC), Jackson Muma told Nampa on enquiry Monday the sites for relocation first have to be provided with all municipal services.
The three informal settlements are in flood-prone areas, and have thus not been provided with complete municipal services.
Asked what will happen to those sites after all residents have been relocated, Muma indicated that the council will formalise and service those sites, and used for other developmental purposes.
The idea for the relocation of Sky, Eemwandi and Oshoopala residents came about in 2011.
“It is a normal relocation and not a process where the council will move in with bulldozers to roughly destroy people’s structures as some are alleging,” Muma pointed out.
He said the issue of compensation to residents who might lose their valuable properties as a result of the relocation, has not been dealt with at this stage.
Approximately 800 residents of the said three settlements will be affected by the relocation, and they are to be relocated to Ekuku in the north of the town and Ehenye and Onawa in the north-eastern part of the town.
Muma stated that the Onawa area is earmarked for residents who are not able to afford decent houses, while those with financial means to afford decent houses would be moved to the Ekuku and Ehenye areas.
He noted that a total of 2 000 erven have been identified in the Ekuku area on the way to the Okatana Roman Catholic Church centre.
“Some 400 of the 2 000 identified erven have already been serviced, the servicing of 1 059 of them is underway and the rest will be provided with municipal services soon,” Muma said.
The commencement of the relocation of the residents of Sky, Eemwandi and Oshoopala depends on the completion of the provision of municipal services and construction of houses at Ekuku, Ehenye and Onawa.
Sky and Oshoopala are the informal settlements where most soldiers of the then colonial government owned shacks before the dawn of the country’s independence in 1990.