After a successful operation, boy gets land
06 July 2020 | Local News
Otjozondjupa governor James Uerikua has helped three-year-old Shuuya Ndeutenge, who had a growth protruding through his belly button, secure a 400-square-metre plot in Okahandja's Five Rand settlement.
Namibian Sun reported in June that young Ndeutenge had been unable to sleep because of the painful tumour, leading to swift action by Okahandja businessman Armas Amwaama bring the boy's plight to public attention.
After a successful operation at the Katutura State Hospital a week ago, the governor's office came to the aid of Ndeutenge's family by providing a plot that the Okahandja municipality had identified.
Governor Uerikua said the donation would give dignity to his family who share a shack among 10 persons.
Okahandja municipality CEO Martha Mutilifa said consultations would be held with the ministry of urban and rural development to speed up the transfer of the plot to Ndeutenge.
“We are going to complete the paperwork and give it to the ministry. We are going to do it in conjunction with the governor's office. Giving the erf [to Ndeutenge] will not take a month or two,” she said.
Uerikua for his part said consultations were going to be held with the family of Ndeutenge regarding the transfer of the property.
“We have to sit with the family and see in whose name the house will be registed. There needs to be a clear agreement,” he said.
Uerikua added that the public would be kept updated throughout the process.
“You will be informed of how things are going, how is the property registered, what are the terms and conditions, this will be made public,” Uerikua said. Mutilifa said the plot would be fenced once the transfer had been completed.
Amwaamwa, who saw to it that Ndeutenge was operated, said there was a bank account with N$63 000 in the boy's name after local and international good Samaritans donated money.
Uerikua's office also gifted Ndeutenge's family with a food hamper.