UPDATE: Special Field Force called to defuse Katima protest

KATIMA MULILO: About 50 Special Field Force (SFF) members and Namibian Police Force officers were called to defuse the possibly volatile situation here where hundreds of protesters have blocked the entrance to the Katima Mulilo Municipality building since 08h00 on Monday morning.

At 09h00, the SFF and police arrived in the company of their regional commander Boniface Mukendwa.

The law-enforcement officers were all armed with teargas, but the crowd did not move.

The protestors are demanding to be allocated plots for businesses and house erven. Some within the crowd threaten to occupy land illegally.

At around 10h00 protestors broke through the red-and-white barrier tape of the police which had been put up to stop them from blocking the entrance.

Protestors are demanding an audience with Katima Mulilo Town Council Chief Executive Officer Charles Nawa, who is locked in his office, along with Katima Mulilo Mayor Charles Matengu.

Protestors say they will not move until Nawa comes out of his office and gives them answers as to why people are without land to build.

The stand-off continues.