21 May 2017 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) The Namibia War Veteran Trust (NAMVET) wants the City of Windhoek (CoW) to meet them in person and not address them through the media.
NAMVETs founding member, Israel Katjaimo told Nampa in an interview this week they are an established organisation and should be engaged face-to-face.
Katjaimo was responding to the concern of the Windhoek Municipality about the health and safety of between 1 500 to 2 000 people who flocked to Windhoek from the Kunene, Otjozondjupa and Omaheke regions, settling at the Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) House and the riverbed behind the Namibia English Primary School.
They say they are waiting for the government to recognise them as war veterans.
According to Katjaimo, the municipality has been doing little to assist them since the group came to settle in Windhoek over 18 months ago.
He said City Police Chief Abraham Kanime and his team visited them and they discussed issues such as washing themselves in public, lack of ablution facilities and safety, after which Kanime promised to get back to them, but has not yet done so.
Asked why they do not allow just a few members to negotiate on behalf of the group while the rest go back to their homes, Katjaimo said it all depends on the progress they make during their deliberations.
The City Police Chief on Sunday confirmed having met the group at the Ovaherero Commando Hall in Katutura, but said the main concern is their health and safety.
Our health division is the one to go and talk to and its still on our programme, Kanime said.
He however said most of what is happening is out the operational mandate of the City Police.
Approached for comment, CoW Mayor Muesee Kazapua once again reminded the group that they are illegally settled at both the OTA house and behind the school.
He said the NAMVET members should understand the municipalitys position.
We really understand their situation and this why we are seeking an audience with them, but the truth remains that there are certain regulations governing the city as there are those regulating occupation of land elsewhere, including rural areas, the mayor explained.
He told this agency that efforts are underway to meet with the group to find a solution to the problem.
NAMVET is made up of former Koevoet and South West Africa Territorial Force members.