Illegal shacks will be removed: Kafula

WINDHOEK, The Mayor of Windhoek, Agnes Kafula has urged shack owners to follow the right channels before settling on a piece of land and erecting structures in order to avoid shack demolitions.

She said this while addressing community members in the Otjomuise residential area during a Khomas Constituency Community (KCC) meeting on Sunday.

Kafula noted that some people have been remarking that the City should not remove illegal shacks as this is an election year, while others have threatened not to participate in the just-ended voter registration process or the elections.

“Just because it is the year for elections, the law does not say demolitions should not be done and that illegal shacks should not be removed,” she said.

The mayor made reference to an incident in the Samora Machel Constituency in the Goreangab area last month, when residents became violent towards police officers and the City of Windhoek while an incomplete illegal shack was being removed.

Onlookers and some residents of the area became violent and started throwing stones at the police officials and they retaliated by firing shots into the air to disperse the angry residents.

At least seven community members were arrested in the process.

The owner of the shack however cooperated with the police and said he wants to comply with the law.

“The City will not just come and demolish a shack which has furniture in it. We will first go through the right channels and get a court order to evict the illegal shack. Empty shacks will be regarded as a ghost house and will be removed immediately if it is illegal,” she said.