DTA accuses Helao Nafidi Town Council of displacing residents

02 Oct 2017 18:00pm
OSHIKANGO, 02 OCT (NAMPA) – The DTA of Namibia has accused the Helao Nafidi Town Council of displacing residents at the town’s Oshikango suburb without providing alternative plots to the affected households.
The party’s coordinator in the Ohangwena Region, Hidipo Hamata told a public meeting attended by some 20 residents at Oshikango on Sunday that the council is engaged in an illegal removal of people from their settlements at Ombili location.
“We should stand up together to petition the council of this town to stop the removal of your kambashus/shacks outside procedures,” Hamata urged those present.
He said it is proper to displace households only after council has provided them with alternative plots that are serviced with water, sanitation and electricity.
Town council officials last Friday allegedly marked some 10 shacks “illegal remove” at Ombili and gave the owners just four days to vacate in order to avoid having their structures demolished.
“I have been living here since 2008 and I am surprised to notice that mine is one of about 10 kambashus that were marked last Friday,” said Matheus Mwashekele, who is one of the affected shack owners,
Mwashekele told Nampa in an interview at the Ombili location on Saturday that not a single shack at Ombili location was put up legally or registered with the town council and as such, it was unfair to single out only a few of the shacks as illegal and subject them to forceful removal.
He is one of the residents who were on Sunday busy dismantling their shacks voluntarily before the council’s planned demolishing exercise is implemented.
Approached for comment on Monday, Helao Nafidi Mayor Eliaser Nghipangelwa denied knowledge of the said forceful relocation and promised to look into the matter.
Nghipangelwa said some shacks are to be removed to pave the way for the creation of streets or roads in the area.
“It is in the job description of the town’s building inspector to remove any illegally-put up structure in town, and [they] need not to consult the town’s chief executive officer or the mayor. It is the building inspector’s job – otherwise it is a failure in his/her duties by not doing so,” Nghipangelwa replied.
Meanwhile, the demolishing of the shacks did not take place on Monday afternoon as residents anticipated.
(NAMPA)
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