Venaani calls on Shaningwa to intervene at Katima Mulilo

07 Oct 2017 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 OCT (NAMPA) – DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani has called on Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa to urgently intervene at Katima Mulilo, where the town council is demolishing illegal structures.
Speaking at the party’s central committee meeting here on Saturday, Venaani said it is imperative that Shaningwa finds a speedy, caring way to handle the situation before it escalates and more people are hurt.
On 28 September, the Katima Mulilo town council with the assistance of the Namibian Police Force, started demolishing illegal structures erected on municipal land, leaving many families homeless.
On Friday, the council vowed to continue demolishing illegal structures despite objections to the exercise.
“It is truly shocking that this many years after the house demolitions at the Old Location under the apartheid government, today we are faced with a situation in Katima Mulilo which eerily echoes the past,” said Venaani.
He further said his party does not advocate for lawlessness and people taking the law into their own hands, but it also does not support laws and policies with no humanitarian aspect .
“What is happening in Katima Mulilo is a shame to the political government in this country,” Venaani said.
He said DTA plans to hold a demonstration at the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court on 24 October to demand that poor people be given erven.
“That will be the beginning of our struggle for poor people to get land in Namibia,” he said.