'Dom Lokasie' residents living without water and electricity

05 Jan 2015 15:40pm
OKAHANDJA, 05 JAN (NAMPA) – Residents of Okahandja’s Oshetu No.2 informal settlement, popularly known as 'Dom Lokasie' are living in harsh conditions without proper sanitation facilities, water and electricity.
The residents blame the Municipality of Okahandja for their harsh living conditions.They allege that no developments has been coming their way and promises made by the municipality are apparently never kept.
Bella van Rooi, a resident at Dom lokasie in Okahandja told Nampa last week Monday that they have not had water for the past two weeks.
She said the municipal tap where they get water from has not been in a working condition for the past two weeks.
Chantel !Garoes, also residing at the area, told Nampa that they want the municipality to consider the well-being of the residents of Okahandja as a matter of priority.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Okahandja town,Frans Enkali, however denied the resident's assertion of lack of development at the informal settlement, noting that '…people just want the government to spoon feed them and Okahandja municipality won’t do that.'
He said residents should approach the municipality if they want water to be connected to their houses. After paying the prescribed deposit fee, water will be restored to their taps.
'It costs a deposit of around N.dollars 1400.00 for a normal house to be connected to water but for the informal settlements it will be discussed later this year,” Enkali said.
This reporter noticed big pipes that looked like they are meant for sewerage caged in an area within the settlement, but saw no toilet facilities. Water metres were visible, but no running tap close to the shacks could be seen.
Enkali said that electricity provision to the informal settlements will always come last as it was not part of the council current budget. He said plans are however underway to see how the situation can be best addressed.
Councilor Fredrick Shimanda of the United Democratic Front (UDF) said his party cannot do much about the issue, citing an apparent power struggle at the Okahandja Town Council as reason.
He said that there is a fight for power in Okahandja which leads to no development happening in the town, an accusation Enkali refused to comment on.
Shimanda blame the frequent break-down of the water taps on the fact that too many people use a single tap at once.
'The water taps are meant for 20 people per day but 300 people use it. People should expect them to break down,' he said.