CoW slams developers using persons with disabilities for land applications

29 Aug 2018 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 29 AUG (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) is concerned about the growing trend of persons with disabilities being used by property developers in applying for land.
Speaking at a media conference here Wednesday, CoW’s Councillor Hileni Ulumbu without availing the exact reported cases said such developers use persons with disabilities as fronts in applying for land. The concept presented is that such projects are aimed at providing employment and uplifting the living standards for people with disabilities.
Ulumbu revealed that when CoW conducted further investigation into those applications, people being fronted do not appear as members of the companies they are claimed to belong to.
She said that persons with disabilities are promised money and other benefits and later abandoned once the land is granted.
“It is an undeniable fact that Council is faced with an immense challenge of providing serviced land as per demand, however people with disabilities should be cautious not to fall victim to such fraudulent intensions,” she warned.
The councillor also made it clear that the City has a standard allocation procedure for people with disabilities which is governed by policies as set by the council.
Therefore, she called on persons with disabilities who wish to apply to do so through the applicable process, saying they would be granted land according to the requirements put in place.
“Members of the public are cautioned to refrain from engaging in criminal activities of forging documentations purporting to be supporting documents of allocation of land as persons with disabilities,” Ulumbu cautioned.
At the same occasion, CoW Public Relations Officer Lydia Amutenya said currently there are more than 170 applications for residential land for persons with disabilities.
She added that there are three methods of land application through private treaty which is through the waiting list at Katutura Customer Care Centre, offer to purchase and tender.