Urban and Rural Development Minister Peya Mushelenga asked to stop evictions. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

The Namibian Ancestral Land Foundation (NALF) is requesting Urban and Rural Development Minister Peya Mushelenga to put all eviction orders countrywide on hold.

This comes shortly after news broke that some town councils have evicted people from illegal settlements in their areas and while others are in the process of doing so, with eviction orders.

The letter is also addressed to the Namibian Association of Local Authorities Officials (NALAO), the Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN) and the Association of Regional Councils (ARC).

“As a foundation, we strongly believe in reminding your office, that the current state of homeless, poverty and unemployment be amicably solved. [Or else] we fail to offer a positive vision of a sustainable human settlements which creates a sense of hope for our common future,” wrote Welcome Kazondunge, National Chairperson of NALF.

“Our position, therefore, remains that of an exhortation to join a truly worthwhile and engaging challenge, that of building together a country where everyone can live in a safe home with the promise of a decent life of dignity, good health, safety, infinite happiness and hope.”

Furthermore, Kazondunge noted that the foundation is ready to engage any office in finding an amicable solution to the illegal settlers.

“As we are readily available to engage with your office on our behalf and that of the affected parties, we specifically request your esteemed office to immediately request the Katima Mulilo Town Council, Otjiwarongo Municipal Council and other councils to suspend execution of (if any) eviction orders against their respective residents.”

Mushelenga was not available for comments and did not respond to questions sent to him at the time of publishing.

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