RA taking legal action against defiant Rundu resident

TUHINGIRENI; The Roads Authority (RA) says it will take legal action against Kaghuyu Shikerete, who has defied its orders to demolish illegal structures he erected alongside the Trans-Zambezi highway.

Shikerete is a resident of the Tuhingireni informal settlement at Rundu, and in mid-July this year succumbed to pressure from the RA after they issued him with a notice to demolish the structure within 14 days.

The RA indicated that the structure was built four metres inside the road reserve of the Rundu-Divundu road along the Trans-Zambezi highway.

He started erecting walls in the area, despite the Rundu Town Council repeatedly warning Tuhingireni residents to desist from doing so as they are occupying a portion of land on the town’s farmland number 1329 without its authorisation.

Shikerete earlier agreed to demolish the structure, but last week vowed not to move from Tuhingireni as he insists that the land he occupies was legally acquired.

He previously indicated that he intended to set up a shop and accommodation facilities there.

RA Kavango regional area manager Terence Mutaba on 28 July issued the letter to Shikerete, instructing him to demolish the walls and back-fill the excavated materials to its original ground level.

Should the instructions not be carried out, Mutaba said the RA would demolish and back-fill the illegal walls, but Shikerete would be liable for the costs associated with such demolition.

Mutaba told this agency on Tuesday that they will take legal action against the defiant resident because he had earlier agreed to demolish his illegal structures.

“He will face the full wrath of the law because he earlier signed, saying he will remove the structures,” he added.

Meanwhile, Rundu Town Council Chief Executive Officer Romanus Haironga also told this agency that legal action is the only action which will make Shikerete comply and also deter other residents who harbour similar plans.

Shikerete, who is a former Rundu town councillor for the opposition Congress of Democrats (CoD), earlier this year said his plans would not be interrupted by anyone.

He added that the land in question is not serviced and does not have basic services such as water, electricity and sewerage.

His argument was that because of this, the council could not claim it as theirs.

Meanwhile, there is currently a High Court case pending, which was instituted against 13 residents for allegedly illegally settling in the Tuhingireni informal settlement and building permanent structures there.

In July last year, the Rundu Town Council notified residents that they were occupying the land without its authorisation.

In May this year, the council again ordered the residents settled in the Tuhingireni area along the Trans-Zambezi Highway to stop erecting permanent structures.

The group, however, called on the town council to survey the area and sell it to those who reside there, or alternatively to sell the unserviced land to the current occupants at a rate of N.dollars 5 per square metre, similar to the sale of land to a Chinese investor at Rundu.

That investor, Stina Wu, bought 3 517 square metres of land from the Rundu Town Council at a cost of N.dollars 5 per square metre as that land was also not serviced.