ONGWEDIVA: The Ondangwa Town Council has approached the local magistrate’s court to issue an eviction order to remove street vendors and bus and taxi operators from unauthorised spots at the town.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the town council, Luke Salomo confirmed this to Nampa here yesterday.
Salomo said the town council was left with no other option but to approach a local magistrate to issue a clear eviction order against the street vendors and bus and taxi operators, who continue to resist the town council’s order for them to relocate to the town’s open market.
The Ondangwa Town Council last Wednesday ordered the street vendors and bus and taxi operators who are operating from unauthorised places at the town to relocate to the town council-approved vending sites at Ondjondjo, ABC or Omwandi gwaKamanya by Monday this week.
Salomo stated that although some individual street vendors have started moving to the open market at Ondjondjo since Monday, the council experienced major resistance from a number of vendors and bus and taxi operators yesterday.
These are vendors who are operating along the town’s main street near the Shoprite complex and Shell Service Station at the Oluno residential area on the way to Omuthiya.
A man sustained serious injuries when a train collided with the vehicle he was travelling in at a railway crossing in the Brakwater area on the northern outskirts of the capital yesterday evening.
Another man who was a passenger in the vehicle, escaped unhurt from the accident.
The collision took place between 18h00 and 18h40 at the turn-off to Dobra in the Brakwater area, just a few metres from the notorious B1 road.
The Senior Superintendent of the Windhoek City Police and Emergency Management Department, Gerry Shikesho told Nampa upon enquiry this morning that the collision was unavoidable as the vehicle allegedly developed some mechanical problems while attempting to cross the railway line, causing it to stall.
The emergency rescue personnel who rushed to the scene of the collision shortly after the accident, had to use the Jaws of Life to free the two victims from the vehicle.
The injured man is now receiving medical attention at the Katutura State Hospital.