20 Oct 2017 07:30am
RUNDU, 20 OCT (NAMPA) Community members from the Kehemu and Kaisosi settlements at Rundu who in September illegally occupied land, are planning to demonstrate on Tuesday as their concerns have not yet been addressed.
At the end of September, over 100 people illegally demarcated land for themselves on a former golf course near the Kavango River, citing a lack of living space for their decision.
The group claimed that the said land was being wasted as it was used as a dump site while people need land.
However, the council informed them that the land was sold to two property developers in 2004.
At the same meeting, the group was told to submit their names to the Rundu Town Council to see how the issue can be resolved.
Spokesperson of the group, Joseph Muronga told Nampa on Tuesday that they have not heard from the council since, hence their decision to demonstrate on 24 October.
We have waited for more than [a] month and when we ask them, they dont want to tell us how far they are with solving this matter, he said.
A notification handed in to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) informing them of the peaceful demonstration said the community members will march to the office of the Mayor of Rundu, Verna Sinimbo.
They also indicated in the notice that they will erect temporary structures on the same piece of land while they are waiting to receive land.
Contacted for comment, the NamPol Kavango East Regional Commander, Commissioner Johanna Ngondo told this agency on Wednesday her office received the notice but it was forwarded to the office of NamPol Inspector General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga for approval.