Kazapua urges resident to desist from land grabbing

31 Mar 2017 16:00pm
WINDHEOK, 31 MAR (NAMPA) – Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua has called on residents to desist from taking the law into their own hands by grabbing land.
Speaking at the monthly council meeting here on Thursday afternoon, Kazapua urged residents to be patient while council and the government address the issue of land in the capital.
Kazapua said this following the removal of about 10 illegal structures along Düsseldorf Street in the 7de Laan informal settlement on Tuesday.
The area has easy access to the road nearby.
“Council fully understands the pressing needs of residents when it comes to land for housing and business activities, which is indeed a national challenge to all of us,” he said.
Kazapua said the City of Windhoek has been inundated with many incidents of illegal structures erected for housing and business alike, particularly carwash businesses.
The mayor appealed to residents to embrace ongoing efforts by the council and Government through various interventions and programmes that include formalisation of informal settlements and massive land delivery in the city.
He added that council remains duty bound to ensure orderly settlement; as provided for in the existing council policies and within the ambit of the national legal framework.
Kazapua said council is responsible to lift citizens out of poverty, to the standard of life that corresponds with the natural endowments that Namibia is blessed with.
“It is therefore of critical importance that we, as leaders of this city, initiate and carry out projects that are aimed at creating prosperity of our people,” he said.