Oshakati council demolishes shacks at Onawa village

31 Jan 2019 15:10pm
ONAWA, 30 JAN (NAMPA) – The Oshakati Town Council (OTC) on Tuesday started demolishing shacks in the Onawa village, situated on the outskirts of the town, a move which left residents without roofs over their heads.
The affected residents told the media that council officials started demolishing their shacks at around 14h00.
“The Mayor of the town, Angelus Iiyambo, and his Chief Executive Officer, Werner Iita, were here in the morning before council started demolishing the shacks,” said the residents, adding that the two top officials did not inform them (residents) about the purpose of their visit.
The OTC, however managed to demolish four shacks on Tuesday, but was met with resistance on Wednesday by the affected residents who obstructed the process and demanded Iyambo or Iita to meet them and provide reasons for the move.
Affected owners, Ailly Gotlieb and Julia Ndawedapo claimed council relocated them from where they lived before and allocated them new plots in that village, registered as Erf 9535 and 9523, respectively.
“We are surprised to see a team from council. Forcefully destroying our shacks again after it allocated us the new plots in December last year, while accusing us of having moved too fast to the new places of relocation,” the duo explained.
Spokesperson of the council, Katarina Kamari on Wednesday confirmed that council instructed local handymen to carry out the demolishment of the shacks.
On his part, Iita disagreed that the owners of the demolished shacks were relocated and allocated erf numbers for new plots by council, and pointed out that the exercise targets those settled illegally at Onawa from in and around the nearby Okandjengedi informal settlement.
He also indicated that council is not aware of the meeting held by some of its officials on 02 December at Onawa where the relocation of the affected shack dwellers were discussed and resolved.
“Council shall conduct an investigation, to verify the claims,” cited Iita when approached for comment on Thursday.