Mutjavikua continues fight to eradicate shacks

22 Aug 2014 16:00pm
WALVIS BAY, 22 AUG (NAMPA) – Local authority councillors in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund should solicit funds to build decent houses for people and get rid of shacks.
Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua said this on Wednesday during the launch of the Walvis Bay Rural Constituency Office.
He said all politicians and other civil servants must work towards eradicating shacks and backyard squatting, as it is not good for people to live in such poor conditions.
The governor said Government wants everyone to have a decent house, and it is up to those in positions of power to make sure this happens.
“Walvis Bay has more shacks than any other town in our region. So let’s make sure there are no shacks here. I do not want to see backyard squatting anymore,” he said.
The 2011 Population and Housing Census report indicated that 31, 5 per cent of residents in Walvis Bay live in shacks, while 43 per cent have decent housing.
In Swakopmund, 32 per cent of residents live in decent housing, and 41 per cent in shacks.
Directing this statement to Walvis Bay Rural councillor John Nangolo, Mutjavikua said the issue of shacks must be in the minds of everyone and a topic of discussion.
“Whenever you go meet the president (Hifikepunye Pohamba) or the line minister (Charles Namoloh), say we have a problem of shacks burning here, and we need assistance. We cannot have 10 little houses around one house,” stated the political head of the region.
He stated that those in Government offices must use their positions as “transmission belts of change and not as comfort zones”.
Mutjavikua charged that some officials in the region are relaxed in their offices, instead of being worried about service delivery, thus this should come to an end.
“There is no way we can be comfortable until this problem of shacks is solved. Let us adopt a culture of hard work. We must be a region of workaholics,” he motivated.
This year, the Municipality of Walvis Bay allocated N.dollars 134 million of its N.dollars 248 million capital and operational budget to land development.
This money will cater for the creation of about 2 335 erven across all suburbs in this harbour town in an effort to address the housing needs, and move people from shacks into brick houses.