Narraville Build Together beneficiaries feel robbed

26 May 2016 07:30am
WALVIS BAY, 26 MAY (NAMPA) - Beneficiaries of 21 houses constructed under Government’s Build Together Programme in Narraville want to know why they are made to pay more than other people under the same scheme.
The programme is funded by Government to provide low-cost housing to people with incomes of less than N.dollars 3 000 per month.
Beneficiaries are provided with loans of N.dollars 40 000 for a one-bedroom house repayable in 20 years.
“We just want to know from the municipality what happened to our money. Why do we pay more than the N.dollars 40 000 paid by everyone in the country? The hinges on the doors are falling off and walls are cracked,” beneficiary Alexander Basson asked the town councillors during a community meeting on Tuesday.
He said they paid N.dollars 92 000, because the Walvis Bay Municipality allegedly “kept changing contractors” and returning to beneficiaries with new contracts requiring them to pay more.
An angry Basson asked that local contractors be given the job in the future, claiming that the municipality used foreign contractors who delivered houses of poor quality.
“We literally fought to get the keys because the houses were standing there and nobody was handing them over to us. When we seek answers, officials at the municipality slam doors in our faces and send us from office to office,” he claimed.
As none of the councillors were in a position to respond, municipal Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Muronga Haingura asked Basson and other aggrieved beneficiaries to go to his office so the matter can be discussed.
Haingura explained that the N.dollars 40 000 was increased to N.dollars 80 000 as the amount was not sufficient for constructing proper houses. He could, however, not explain how people ended up paying more than N.dollars 80 000.
Basson said they have already complained three times about their expensive houses, adding that municipality representatives are “acting as if they are hearing this for the first time”.
Asked by Nampa whether the municipality was not aware of these complaints, Haingura said: “I am not going to respond to journalists’ questions; that’s why I asked the people to come to my office so that we can investigate the matter first”.
Other residents asked for speed humps in Narraville to avoid speeding and accidents, as well as another clinic as the current one is always overcrowded.
“I would like to thank the councillors for taking time to come and hear our problems. But I want to register my disappointment in the people of Narraville who just complain on the streets but they do not attend these meetings,” said one resident.
There were about 20 people in attendance, the majority of them elderly residents.
The Build Together Programme, which was absorbed by the national Mass Housing Programme in 2013, was reintroduced by Urban and Rural Minister Sophia Shaningwa last month.
The minister instructed all local authorities to use available serviced land to start constructing houses under Build Together as soon as possible.