'Stop using the disabled' - CoW

03 September 2018 | Local News

Barry de Klerk – The City of Windhoek (CoW) has received various land applications where the applicants use people with disabilities to speed up the process.

Councillor Hileni Ulumbu spoke to the media earlier this week on how City Council will engage residents with disabilities.

According to her, the City is burdened with a limited availability of serviced land and some people take advantage of the system by fronting people with disabilities in the application process.

“There are property developers who find people with disabilities, use them when applying for land with a notion that such projects are aimed at providing employment and uplifting the living standards of people with disabilities,” Ulumbu said.

According to her, when the City investigates the application they discover that the applicant is not even a member of the developing company. She thus urges the members of the public, especially people with disabilities, not to fall victim to such fraudulent activities.

What’s worse, these people are usually abandoned after approval has been granted.

“This insensitive practice by some members of our society is unacceptable and should come to an end as a matter of urgency,” Ulumbu said.

The municipality has a standard allocation procedure for people with disabilities and they are governed by policies that are set by council. People with disabilities should follow these procedures when applying for land.

To start with, they must register with CoW on a list of persons with disabilities and they must also meet the affordability requirements to purchase property. If the applicant has no income, proof of financing assistance should be provided. The applicant should also submit written proof from an affiliate from a disability association, indicating that the disability is permanent.

The municipality wants to ensure good governance and fair allocation of land.

“The City will ensure that internal land allocation control measures are in place to ensure that land applications that are approved and those being submitted requesting approval along the lines based on the applicant being person/s with disability, are well merited,” Ulumbu said.

She said members of the public can seek guidance on the subject from her. “My office is open for all.”

Her office is situated at the CoW head office, east wing of the new building, ground floor, Room EG03.

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