Marthina Mutanga and Eba Kandovazu
THE City of Windhoek has offered to temporarily give shelter to the family that was evicted from their Otjomuise home eight days ago.
Fistorine Garises, 48, who was working for Desmond Howard when she received the house, insist that the house was built as a token of appreciation by her former boss and that she and her family were living there.
Garises said that they have been sleeping near the erf they were evicted from over a week ago and that City of Windhoek officials came to see them yesterday to inform them that a temporary shelter would be provided for them while the issue of the house is being resolved.
“I am disappointed in him (Howard) because when he build the house for us, he said it was a blessing to help us. I used to live in Okuryangava and he took me from there to give me what he called a better life. When we first got the plot we erected a shack and he offered to build us a proper home,” Garises said.
Howard, on his part, said he made an offer to Garises to buy the five bedroom house for N$300 000, but that she ignored him.
“She completely went mute on me so I followed the right steps to evict them. They did not react to the court order. Additionally, they vandalised the property and they were overcrowded in the house. They even went as far as renting out some of the rooms in the house,” said Howard.