Unbearable and inhuman conditions in informal settlements must be addressed: Geingob

29 Jan 2019 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JAN (NAMPA) – The unbearable and inhuman conditions in Windhoek’s informal settlements should be addressed as per the resolutions of the second National Land Conference, President Hage Geingob has said.
The Namibian leader made the call when he met with leaders of the City of Windhoek to discuss the current state of informal settlements here on Tuesday.
He warned that in the year of accountability, legal delays and other excuses by the City to implement services at informal settlements should not feature.
“The excuse from CoW of legal and other delays and doing nothing counts on accountability and performances. There are resolutions provided which we said yes to, so there must be a way to implement them,” he said.
He advised that the resolutions should be to get rid of the informal settlements, adding that some residents are security officers who guard luxury areas of the elites, who must execute those resolutions.
The second National Land Conference's resolutions on urban land and housing delivery among others are development of national spatial planning framework to be integrated into the public sector to scale up the community-based land delivery process for the lower-income community as they have a much bigger impact.
“I was informed that some of the shacks are owned by the elites and are renting them out as some people just want to rent and rather build standing houses where they come from. However, we cannot make Windhoek a ghetto palace. Therefore, actions must be taken to address the issue because we took a resolution,” he said.
Khomas Region Governor, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, who also attended the meeting, concurred the President’s sentiments, saying the face of Windhoek in the informal settlements is ugly and as leaders, they should admit that somewhere something is not done right.
On his part, Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua called for strategic plan and policy on how to deal with the rapid urban migration.