SPYL not happy with Katima Mulilo Town Council's approach

05 Oct 2017 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 OCT (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) has spoken out against the Katima Mulilo Town Council’s decision to demolish illegal structures.
Last Thursday the council, with the assistance of the Namibian Police Force, started demolishing illegal structures erected on municipal land.
The town council obtained eviction orders in August that were handed over to all those who grabbed land around the town’s informal settlements.
During the demolishing of structures, some land grabbers got violent, forcing the police to fire several warning shots. Several people were reportedly injured.
Speaking at a media conference here Thursday, SPYL Secretary for Information Publicity and Mobilisation, Gerson Dumeni said the youth league is not content with the council’s approach.
“We understand that these areas are earmarked for development, however dialogue would have been a better option than bulldozers,” said Dumeni.
He said the SPYL has a task team on the ground which has engaged the town council, chief executive officer and the affected people.
“SPYL strongly condemns demolishing in an era where people can come to one table and talk,” he said.
Dumeni also called on Namibians to abide by the law and avoid creating a lawless society, citing information the youth league had received that some people involved in the incident had already received land, but sold it.
He urged the town council to speed up the process of land delivery, saying people in the affected group should be prioritised.