RTC warns residents against illegal land occupation

The Rehoboth Town Council Chief Executive Officer Simeon Kanime warned resident s to refrain from occupying land illegally and added it is delaying the process of servicing land to the town's residents.

Kanime made the remarks during a community meeting held with residents of Duneside Informal Settlement in Block E on Wednesday.

He said his office take note of the need of service land, but indicated that people occupying land only prolongs the process of service delivery and will cause Rehoboth to become a town of illegal land occupiers.

The illegal exercise of grabbing land illegally will cause the town of Rehoboth to remain behind with areas being un-serviced and full of illegal land grabbers. This exercise is causing delays because people sit on areas earmarked for development and increase illegal occupation of land, he said.

Kanime urged residents sitting on illegal areas to approach the council offices and register so arrangements can be made and earmarked areas serviced.

Contact our offices and register so we can pave a way forward and do away with this exercise. Will you cooperate with us if we relocate you to another area and service this piece of land where you are sitting, he asked.

Shudi Ihalwa, a resident who attended the meeting saId the RTC should not wait unitl people grab land and should provide services to the people.

Do not wait until people grab land and intervene timeously to avoid these types of actions from the community. People will not sit around and wait for a day where RTC will decide to service land, they need a place to stay and will do anything to get land, he said.

The RTC is conducting community outreach meetings in different areas of the town that started on Tuesday.

They will conduct a community on Thursday in Burgershoek at 17h00, followed by another meeting on 15 September at Hermanus Van Wyk Hall also at 17h00 and the last meeting will take place in Block E's #Oan ||Ob Community Hall on 22 September.

Source: Namibia Press Agency