War veteran's house roofless

06 July 2020 | Local News

KENYA KAMBOWE

NDIYONA



A family of nine at Ndiyona settlement in the Kavango East Region have been living in a government tent for the past eight months after a strong wind blew off the roof of the house built for a liberation struggle icon, the late Paulus Mutilamo Muyamba.

The family now lives in fear of snakes and other animals sneaking into their tent.

The family say the roof of the house built in 2013 was blown off in October last year.

The solar panels on the roof were also blown off and the solar converter was damaged.

Muyamba died a few months after receiving the house from the veterans' affairs ministry.



Guarantee lapsed

His widow, Nangura Hedwig (61), says a tent was provided by the government after the Ndonga Linena constituency councillor, Petrus Kavhura, intervened.

“We are not living properly here as our lives have changed and now we have to be very careful at all times,” Hedwig said.

“We also experienced challenges during the rainy season when the tent is always filled with water. We've lost a number of items in the process.” She called on the government to help them repair the roof.

She says because the five-year guarantee on the househas expired, they do not qualify for any repairs at the expense of the state.

When contacted for comment, Kavhura said the veterans' affairs office at Rundu had indicated that there is no budget for repairing houses but he would continue to seek a solution.

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