31 Jul 2017 15:40pm
RUNDU, 31 JUL (NAMPA) Over 100 people from the Kehemu and Kaisosi settlements in Rundu on Monday demarcated land for themselves at the golf course near the Okavango River.
They started clearing the area from as early as 06h00.
Many said their pleas for land have fallen on deaf ears at the Rundu Town Council (RTC), forcing them to grab land to put up houses.
The land was in the past used as a golf course but is now a dump site for household waste.
The disgruntled residents argued that instead of the land been used as a dumping site, it is better if they clean it up and share it amongst themselves.
Head woman of Kehemu, Christine Kandambo Sakaria who was present at the site, told Nampa they had been living near the river for many years but due to floods, they were told by the council in 2011 to move to higher ground.
If people want to build their houses and live here, leave them alone, she said.
Resident Munaye Engelbert said the area has become a place for criminal activities, and this prompted them to divide the land for themselves.
He said other settlements around town are extending but these are far from town centre; the golf course is closer to town.
Meanwhile, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers were called to the site to maintain order, while the head woman and some residents were taken for questioning to the police station.
RTC acting Chief Executive Officer, Mathew Naironga said town councillors paid a visit to the site and told the people to follow procedures and not to take matters into their own hands.
He told this agency on enquiry Monday, council will convene a meeting later Monday to deliberate on the issue and find an amicable solution to the matter.