Oshakati's Pohamba residents protest

17 Nov 2016 18:00pm
OSHAKATI, 17 NOV (NAMPA) – Oshakati residents of the Pohamba location on Thursday petitioned the town’s mayor Katrina Shimbulu on the provision of electricity, water and numbers for their erven.
The protesting group marched some two kilometres from their location before gathering in front of the council office complex where they handed over their petition to the town’s chief executive officer (CEO) Werner Iita.
Iita promised to forward the petition to Shimbulu, who was reportedly out of town, without delay.
The residents claimed they had lived in the Pohamba location without electricity, water and numbered erven for the past 17 years, despite council promises that their area would be developed to be on par with other informal settlements of the town.
Oshakati has some 10 informal settlements.
“Mayor Katrina, on 13 August this year, you have lied to us about the provision of electricity into our houses. Mayor Katrina, till when will you be doing this to us?” read the residents’ petition.
The residents pointed out that they applied to Oshakati Premier Electric to provide them with electricity, but the company, of which the Oshakati Town Council is one of the shareholders, could not help because Pohamba location houses are without erf numbers.
The residents said they had opted to approach the council office to get answers to their demands dating back to 2014, but the council had remained silent up to date.
“The fact that we never got clear response, we the Pohamba residents are very much tired. We want answers and we mean today,” residents said.
Shimbulu was not immediately available for comment.