RUNDU: The Rundu Town Council intends to evict one of its resident who allegedly illegally settled at a place which previously used to be a cemetery for the san people.
The old abandoned san cemetery is situated at Ndama informal settlement on the outskirt of Rundu just opposite NamWater’s houses.
The resident was apparently informed in advance that the area was a cemetery for the san people who were the first occupants of the town, which then prompted the Rundu Town Council to reserve the area as a civic ‘reserve’.
But the Rundu resident known as Elias Tapalo allegedly defied the council’s instruction and has since started establishing his permanent structure of a house which is currently under construction including an outside toilet and shower facilities as well as a water tap.
The resident who settled at the san’s abandoned cemetery has widely been criticized by the san communities who have been questioning the town council as to why they allowed the resident to settle on an area where their fellow sans have been laid to rest.
Some of the elderly sans have argued that the council and the resident in question who have settled at their cemetery does not have their respect at heart, saying their fallen people also deserve to be accorded dignity by letting the place to remain a cemetery as such.
Meanwhile, the Rundu Town Council Chief Executive Officer Romanus Haironga confirmed this reporter on Thursday that according to information they received from people who settled at Ndama, the area in questioned indeed used to be a place where the san people were buried many years ago.
Haironga said the resident was notified about two years ago to stop construction any permanent structures at the area, but he allegedly defied the council’s instruction and went ahead.
The Rundu CEO indicated that they have now handed the matter to their lawyer in Windhoek who will launch the case with the High Court to obtain an eviction order against Tapalo.
This reporter was informed by reliable sources that those who were employed to construct the permanent structure at the area apparently came across human bones while they were busy digging to lay the foundation for the house.
When this reporter visited the house, Tapalo was not found at the house as he does not apparently not reside in Rundu. This reporter found an elderly woman who refused to be named but identified herself as Tapalo’s mother.
The elderly woman confirmed to this reporter that the Rundu Town Council stopped the construction of his son’s house from going ahead early this month on 11 July, until the Court pronounce itself on the issue.