12 December 2012

Namibia: City Police Demolish Shacks

AT LEAST two illegally erected shacks were demolished in Otjomuise’s Agste Laan area yesterday.

The City Police officers who broke down the dwellings also arrested one of the owners.

City Police Chief Abraham Kanime personally took part in the operation yesterday.

He told residents at the scene: “I have a simple responsibility and that is just to ensure that law and order are abided by in the city.”

According to Kanime, there is a growing concern about land invasion in rural and urban areas.

“No one is allowed to erect any structure in the city without permission in terms of the municipal bylaws,” he emphasised.

He told the man that he was being arrested on a charge of trespassing.

Kanime told officers to remove the structures as well as all tools used to build them.

Earlier yesterday, one of the squatters asked: “Where must we go? We don’t have money to pay rent. That is why we are here. We applied for erven six years ago and still nothing.”

A pregnant woman said: “I need to go have my baby and come back to a place to stay. Rooms for rent are expensive. We are in need of land.”

Another woman said: “The reason we are here is because we don’t have a place to stay. We are not moving an inch until they give us land. There are also other illegal people. When they move, we will move. But for now, we also want to be illegal. I don’t have work. We are suffering.”

Scheifert Shigwedha, the spokesperson of the City of Windhoek, yesterday afternoon said: “There is nothing we can comment on at the moment. City Police are keeping watch.”

Last week, about 100 people started clearing the area opposite the Otjomuise clinic and demarcated erven illegally.

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