Residents of an area along Cuma road who recently defied an eviction order from the Rundu Town Council to vacate land

Council to vacate land they have occupied illegally, yesterday petitioned the council.

The group held a peaceful demonstration outside the council offices seeking an audience with the town leadership to iron out issues regarding the area they have settled on illegally - allegedly due to a lack of residential plots at the town.

The area was unofficially named 'Tumweneni' which means 'let us keep quiet' in Rukwangali.

Reading the petition on behalf of the group, Moses Ndara told council officials in absentia that they are not happy with the way the council has been treating them, noting they are also Namibians and residents of the town and deserve to be treated with respect.

Officials from the council, including the mayor, Isak Kandingu, refused to attend to the demonstrators, saying they were not notified about the demonstration.

While the protestors were chanting outside the council's building, acting chief executive officer, Herman Haingura told the media he would not receive the petition because he was not aware of the demonstration and that even the police who escorted the group, did not inform the council about the event.

Source: Namibia Press Agency