WINDHOEK, 22 NOV (NAMPA) -
President Hage Geingob on Monday handed over a new, fully furnished three-bedroom house to the Hansen family who were evicted from their home in Windhoek's Dolam area in 2007.
The new house was constructed by the Sun Investment Group through the China-Namibia Loving Heart Organisation for about N.dollars 580 000.
The new home, situated on Erf 2805 along Independence Avenue in the Wanaheda residential area, is amongst others furnished with a lounge suite, refrigerator, stove, three beds and bedding valued at N.dollars 50 000.
The family of Wilhelmina Hansen were evicted and the City of Windhoek sold their house on auction to recover outstanding debt of about N.dollars 10 000 in 2007. The family started living in the local cemetery in Dolam in the Katutura Central Constituency.
Handing over the house, Geingob said he was invited by Katutura Central Councillor Ambrosius Kandjii to familiarise himself with the situation of the family living in the cemetery, prompting Geingob, who was still Prime Minister at the time, to find alternative shelter for them in the neighbourhood.
Geingob said the house is the result of a promise he made in 2012 to build the Hansens a proper structure to live in as a way of eradicating poverty in Namibia.
"This is part of 20 per cent of my salary to eradicate poverty in the country," he said. Geingob pledged 20 per cent of his salary to address poverty when he officially launched Swapo's 2015 Regional Council and Local Authority Elections campaign on 17 October this year.
The elections are slated for Friday. The president thanked the CoW for availing the plot where the house was built and private sector company Sun Investment Group for constructing the house.
The plot was donated by the CoW at an unknown cost. Geingob also urged private companies and farmers to build houses for their workers in order for them to have decent shelter to live in. He urged the beneficiaries to take care of the house and take ownership of it.
Meanwhile, Stella Hansen, Wilhelmina's daughter, applauded Geingob's family for providing them with a home after their long fight to get back the house they grew up in. The emotional Hansen could barely hold back her tears while telling her family's story.
"We were thrown out and we were forced to live in the cemetery," she said. The ministers, regional councillors and local authority councillors in attendance at the handing over ceremony were visibly moved by her story.