Rundu to meet with disgruntled residents on illegal land grabbing

01 Aug 2017 19:00pm
RUNDU, 01 AUG (NAMPA) – The Rundu Town Council (RTC) will hold a meeting with the about 100 disgruntled residents of Kehemu and Kaisosi settlements who on Tuesday demarcated land for themselves at the 'golf' course near the Okavango River.
The planned information-sharing meeting comes after the council took resolutions at its special meeting on Tuesday.
RTC acting Chief Executive Officer, Matheus Naironga told Nampa in an interview on the same day RTC has a mandate to give accurate information, as it does not want to make mistakes it cannot undo.
“We are dealing with people who are really frustrated and we need to tread cautiously,” he said.
Naironga explained the residents will be engaged on Wednesday at around 09h00 and informed on the resolutions that council took on the matter.
Members of the media, he added, will only be given detailed information after this meeting.
On her part, Rundu Mayor Verna Sinimbo said council convened to address the issue through various resolutions.
“We came out with some resolutions that we will implement starting Wednesday. So we are going to engage the team and their representatives and we will take it from there,” Sinimbo said.
She said RTC will have concrete information to share with the media after the meeting with the residents, and thus did not want to disclose too much on the resolutions, as it could jeopardise cooperation.
The over 100 residents from the two settlements started clearing the area from as early as 06h00 on Monday and said their pleas for land from the RTC had fallen on deaf ears, forcing them to unilaterally take the matter into their own hands.
The land was used as a golf course in the past but is now a dumpsite. The disgruntled residents said instead of using the land for refuse, it would be better for them to clean it up and use it more productively.