CoW to set up a policy to assist vulnerable communities

02 Nov 2015 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 02 NOV (NAMPA) – Windhoek councillors have directed the City of Windhoek (CoW) management team to come up with a clear policy that stipulates who should benefit from the Mayoral Outreach Programme (MOP).
Speaking during the monthly council meeting here on Thursday, Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua said the policy will be a guideline to establish who qualifies to benefit from MOP and in what way.
The MOP is a programme in the Office of the Mayor and involves the provision of food and other materials such as blankets to vulnerable communities.
Kazapua said this while supporting the recommendations taken on a proposal to donate a plot of land to a physically-challenged resident, Ndinoita Shimoshili, 57.
“It is good to assist our residents. However, we need to come up with a policy to guide us on the provision of any assistance to our residents,” he said.
Swapo councillor Matrid Ukeva also supported the initiative and noted that the policy should stipulate the rules and regulations when plots are given, especially that such beneficiary is not allowed to sell or rent out the plot.
Ukeva noted that several people were given plots from the CoW but these recipients later sold such plots and went back to their previous locations and conditions.
“We do not want to give land to people and later they make money out of it,” she said.
The CoW management proposed that the plot, which is not yet identified, will be given to Shimoshili as part of the MOP. The management also seek authority from the council for the acting chief executive officer to set up an independent Mayoral Development Fund inclusive of the rules that will govern such a fund.
The fund can be used to assist others in similar situations should they approach the Office of the Mayor or should council identify the need.
This fund will also be used to build a house for Shimoshili, and in future to fund these kinds of donations as and when there is a need or request, and funds available.
Shimoshili is wheelchair-bound and has been renting a shack without electricity, water and sanitation in the Havana informal settlement for 20 years. He is unable to move around easily.
The council received his application for land on 15 September 2015 for him to construct a home for his family.