Residents and |Gôagoses at loggerheads
18 August 2019 | Infrastructure
Jenetta Beukes, speaking on behalf of the group, said promises made by constituency councillor Edward Wambo during previous election campaigns and by Urban and Rural Development ministerial representative Nathalia |Gôagoses, allegedly in January this year, should be adhered to.
“They made promises and told us to be patient as services will be brought to us. |Gôagoses even told us that we should put up our houses in street-like format so that when RTC starts bringing services they should not waste time on shifting houses in orderly manner, but now we are hearing that we occupy this area illegally,” Beukes said.
Beukes said they have no place to go to and that the area should be proclaimed. “We don’t have floodlights here and have to go to the bushes when nature calls and for us the women it is very unsafe to go out at night,” she said.
Approached for comment, |Gôagoses said she works only with submissions from the technical department. “I have no idea of a meeting I held in that area and don’t have any idea of telling people to sit in that area. I must admit that service delivery is slow from the side of RTC and I don’t blame people to say those things,” |Gôagoses said.
She said that during the stakeholder’s meeting held in Rehoboth last year, people occupying double allocated plots were given symbolic keys as a gesture to be given serviced plots, but until now this has not happened. “Our technical department is partly to blame for all this as they sometimes are negligent in doing their jobs. It is true that the area is illegal and I am urging the people who are sitting on illegal areas to come and register as from next week, as we will be reviewing previous lists to allocate and have them settled in Extension 7,” |Gôagoses said. – Nampa