Namibians should not be living in shacks: Shaanika

07 Oct 2013 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 07 OCT (NAMPA) – The Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) says it is a shame that some Namibians are forced to live in shacks and use bushes to relieve themselves.
NCCI CEO Tarah Shaanika said this while speaking at a media briefing in Windhoek on Monday, which was held to announce an SME conference taking place in Rundu on Friday.
“There is no reason why Namibians should stay in shacks and not have toilet facilities in Namibia,” he noted.
A baseline study report on Human Rights in Namibia which was launched last week indicated that at least 49 per cent of Namibian households reportedly use the bushes to relieve themselves.
In rural areas, according to the same report, as much as 77 per cent of people reportedly defecate out in the open compared to 14 per cent in urban areas.
According to Shaanika there is something wrong with the Government system if fails to deliver on housing, which he said has gotten out of hand.
“Namibia is not a poor country like some countries and it is just pathetic that people have to live in shacks without toilets, no water and no electricity,” he noted.
According to Shaanika shacks are mushrooming everywhere in Namibia because of a lack of housing and availability of serviced land, as well as the high prices people are expected to pay for land or houses.
Namibia faces a backlog of over 100 000 houses.
Government recently revealed plans for a mass housing development which will see it avail N.dollars 2,7 billion for the construction of 9 000 houses in the next 15 months.
Shaanika said the NCCI was not consulted by Government on how the private sector can come on board with the mass housing development plans. The Chambers has thus scheduled a meeting with the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development to discuss the development.