WALVIS BAY – Despite pleas to refrain from erecting shacks at their newly acquired houses, some Otweya residents have seemingly ignored such requests and have even started running businesses such as selling traditional brews.
President Hage Geingob made the appeal when he handed over the houses in September this year, urging residents to rather beautify their homes, save money and add additional rooms, instead of shacks.
At least 150 families were relocated last week to the new homes after spending more than a year in tents, following a fire that destroyed their shacks in the Twaloloka area of the town last year.
The new houses were constructed under the disaster risk management unit of the Office of the Prime Minister, seeing that the fire occurred during the first state of emergency brought on by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Walvis Bay mayor Trevino Forbes has now also come out strongly against the erection of zink structures, saying such activities will not be tolerated.
During the monthly council meeting yesterday, he said: “I would like to caution the new homeowners that the current activities (building of illegal structures and brewing of tombo) on their newly-acquired erven is rather disappointing and totally unaccepted, and will not be tolerated by council”.
According to him, these activities do not only devalue the houses in the surrounding areas but also promote criminal activities.
Commenting on the issue, Walvis Bay Rural constituency councillor Tegako Donatus, under which Otweya falls, said people think it is their houses, and they can do what they want with it.
“It is a matter of getting back to them and educate them so they fully understand what to do and not to,” he said.
New Era understands these illegal structures will be removed by authorities today, and that residents will soon sign a contract that prohibits them from setting up illegal structures.