Namibia: Evicted Residents Demand Land

Windhoek — A group of 24 residents from the Okahandja Park informal settlement marched from Katutura to the Windhoek mayor’s office on Thursday escorted by the City Police.

Their protest was premised on a municipal eviction order issued last month.

The group was seeking an audience with Windhoek Mayor Elaine Trepper on their dissatisfaction with being moved from their settlement, which they say they have been occupying since 1992.

The group said they received eviction letters last month, and other people will now occupy the area.

The group also demanded individual erven and electricity and said they have to use dirty water and have no sanitation.

They want to have electricity and plots like their counterparts in informal settlements

They chanted: “Down with imperialism”, “Down with corruption”, and “Viva Okahandja Park”.

Mayor Trepper snubbed the group – she did not receive their petition.

But a city of Windhoek official informed them that their march was illegal.
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