Mayor responds to senior citizens' call to cancel debt

10 Nov 2015 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) - The City of Windhoek (CoW) Management Committee has recommended that there be no more disconnection of services to vulnerable people and that disconnected services of vulnerable residents be restored.
The CoW Mayor, Muesee Kazapua made this statement at a media briefing in Windhoek last Friday in response to the plight of senior citizens.
Senior citizens from all over Windhoek ‘marched’ to the CoW offices last week Thursday to hand over a petition to the mayor of the city requesting that their water, electricity and rates for basic services debts be cancelled.
In response to the petition, Kazapua said he had advocated the need to declare qualifying properties owned by pensioners be declared non-rateable at various platforms on poverty eradication.
He said: “I do not regard their action as a demonstration, or their letter as a petition. The spirit they have portrayed was heartening, and I regard their action as complimentary to the effort the City of Windhoek’s ongoing lobby and contribution to nation dialogue on poverty eradication”.
The mayor also invited the pensioners, should they find difficulties with their accounts, to approach the CoW.
To be regarded as a vulnerable citizen, senior citizens can complete forms and register at their constituency offices.
The registration of vulnerable residents was supposed to have started on Tuesday at the constituency offices but constituency offices have not yet received the application forms from the CoW.
Some senior citizens went to the constituency offices to register, but they could only give in their names and will have to wait until the constituency office receives the application forms.
The City of Windhoek will also be extending the registration of communal prepaid water tags in Otjomuise Extension 6-7, and other informal settlements to 30 November 2015.
Attempts to obtain comment from the CoW on whether these recommendations of the management committee will be implemented and if so, when, proved futile.