02 Aug 2017 19:00pm
RUNDU, 02 AUG (NAMPA) Disgruntled residents of Kehemu and Kaisosi settlements on Wednesday gave the Rundu Town Council (RTC) seven days to respond to their plight of land or they will erect illegal shacks.
The more than 100 frustrated residents met with the RTC as early as 09h00 on Wednesday, following their illegal occupation of land at the golf course near the Kavango River on Monday.
Representatives of the two parties met with council behind closed doors for about four hours to deliberate on the way forward.
A panel of 12 people, who went to state their case on their behalf, represented the residents.
Their spokesperson, Joshua Kasinda told Nampa after the meeting they decided to give the RTC seven days to respond.
As the beginning of a solution to the land issue, Kasinda said, RTC provided them with forms to complete and thereby register themselves for council to quantify the magnitude of the landless issue.
He said the council explained that the former golf course was sold to two entities, Chic Chic Trading and Nyime Trading, for developing.
We will fill in the forms and submit them tomorrow to council. However, we are expecting them to respond within seven days, said Kasinda.
While waiting for the outcome of the discussions, the crowd sang and chanted that they did not want discrimination as the land does not belong to anyone but God.
At a media conference after the meeting, RTC acting Chief Executive Officer, Mathew Naironga did not reveal much, only to say that an amicable solution was agreed upon, and for the frustrated residents to submit a list of their names.
Naironga stressed that failure to comply with the agreement and vacate the land will result in the Namibian Police being called in to forcefully remove residents and maintain order.