10 Sep 2015 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) - Windhoek residents on Thursday called for the removal of all shebeens located in residential areas and in the vicinity of schools.
The residents also called for government intervention in the implementation of strict and uniform operating hours for all shebeens in the capital.
These were some of the issues raised during President Hage Geingob's consultative meeting with Windhoek residents at the Ramatex garment and textile factory on Thursday.
Other issues raised during the meeting include the provision of land for manufacturing businesses; the increase in the amount of foreign street vendors; the mushrooming of churches; slow registration of war veterans; recognition of all war veterans in the awarding of medals; the living condition of people living with disabilities; the expansion of roads and mushrooming of car washes in the capital, amongst others.
In his response, President Geingob supported calls for the removal of all shebeens, bars and other drinking outlets in residential areas as it leads to an increase in noise pollution, amongst other things.
The Head of State stressed that shebeens contribute to failure rates at schools and gender-based violence.
He noted that it is not good for school-going children to witness arguments and fights in the shebeens because of the extensive use of alcohol there.
The President urged community members to engage in constructive activities for the benefit of their children and the country at large.
He, however, noted that there are some people who own shebeens to generate incomes and support their families.
We need to address big social problems and move away from the direction of passion killing, Geingob appealed.
He urged the community to recognise what the government has done for the past 25 years of independence in terms of economic and other developments.
On the question of the increase in foreign street vendors and other business, the President said the government is currently amending the Foreign Investment Protection Act.
He explained that the Act will only cover foreign investors who are legally in Namibia to invest in businesses that Namibians need their assistance for, and not businesses such as hairdressing and shebeens.
The Head of State further appealed to the community to consult the relevant authorities on issues affecting them and find amicable solutions.
The meeting was attended by Khomas constituency councillors, City of Windhoek councillors, ministers and special advisors.