Keetmanshoop Municipality has failed its inhabitants: LPM

15 Apr 2019 17:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 15 APR (NAMPA) – The chairperson of the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) committee in Keetmanshoop, Willie Kisting says the Keetmanshoop Municipality has failed the community of the town’s Ileni informal settlement.
Kisting, who was speaking at a media conference here on Monday, said it is totally unacceptable that people at the settlement still face poor sanitation, no service delivery and “dehumanising” poverty.
He termed the situation “an urgent humanitarian crisis” that needs an urgent policy response.
Kisting also said once people have ownership of land, they can then get resources to develop the land and have a dignified life.
“Further, there is no plan from the side of the government to address the issue of youth unemployment in the //Kharas Region - a rich region with so many poor inhabitants.”
He said the Neckartal Dam recently reached completion and many workers’ contracts have come to an end, while the project has failed to fast-track the last phase of the project which is the irrigation scheme.
“It is unacceptable that the last phase of the irrigation is being delayed, especially due to the high rate of food insecurity in the region,” he added.
He went on to say that more investment is needed to assist farmers in the region, which are mostly small-scale farmers, who are suffering due to the drought.
In conclusion, Kisting on behalf of LPM expressed condolences to the family of the late Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology Executive Director, Eckhart Mueller and Deputy Director Helmo Hellwig, who were both allegedly murdered Monday morning at NIMT in Arandis.