People who live in informal settlements of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Henties Bay losing their lives and belongings to shack fires: DTA of Namibia

WINDHOEK: The DTA of Namibia says people who live in the informal settlements of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Henties Bay are losing their lives and belongings to shack fires regularly.

The party’s regional secretary in the Erongo Region, Manuel Ngarigombe made the remarks in a media statement availed to Nampa today, saying the national, local and regional leadership of the country are failing to provide quality housing to the inhabitants of the towns.

He said in Swakopmund, in the cause of last week, seven shacks in the DRC informal settlement burned to ashes, and owners were left out in the cold, adding that some of these shacks are headed by single mothers, whose monthly incomes will not be able to recover their lost properties in a very short period of time.

In Walvis Bay, five houses burned to ashes in January this year, during which two young men and women lost their live, he noted.

He then demanded that the local authorities of the three coastal towns as receivers of municipal revenue and beneficiaries of funds from the Build-Together and Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG) projects tell our people how these funds are being spend.

Ngarigombe said it is a shame to know that after almost 24 years of independence the wealth of this country is not shared equally, as the poor remain poor but the elite of this country are enjoying the wealth of the country.

SOURCE: NAMPA