REPRESENTATIVES of the Uukwambi Traditional Authority in the Oneshila informal settlement of Oshakati are conducting a series of community meetings to enable residents to exchange information and to air their views.
Residents are also briefed on the latest developments, including rules and regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Because of the current pandemic, we were not able to conduct regular meetings earlier. These are, therefore, our first gatherings since the beginning of the year,” said Oneshila secretary Agatus Antanga.
According to him, the gatherings are also used to encourage residents to update their personal particulars in the informal settlement’s registry.
“Those who have not yet registered are encouraged to register and those already registered are encouraged to make sure their information is up to date,” said Antanga, adding that some residents find themselves in a dilemma when they go to offices and are requested to produce proof of residence or a testimonial from their headman.
“They come to us but we cannot assist them because their names are not in the registry,” he said.
Although Oneshila is geographically an integral part of the Oshakati town, its inhabitants fall under the Otuwala District of Uukwambi under Senior Traditional Councilor Abner Nuule.
In the Oneshila informal settlement, the traditional authority is represented by a committee chaired by headman Daniel Kaya.
The populous informal settlement is sub divided in seven clusters, whose names sound really familiar: Baghdad, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Soweto, Omahenene, Omutune and Oneshila proper.