by Shinovene Immanuel

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says Windhoek’s compliance with measures introduced to contain Covid-19 has been “pathetic”.

Hundreds of residents from informal settlements showed up at various City of Windhoek (CoW) offices on Saturday morning to have their prepaid water tokens registered and reconnected. Photo: Nampa

“I’m very concerned, to say the least,” Shangula told The Namibian on Saturday night.


“I spent the morning up to lunch time in Katutura to see how people complied with the lockdown instructions. It’s pathetic. People think it’s Christmas. They are going around in big groups. It’s really bad,” he said.

Shangula added: “I hope things will improve tomorrow. What I experienced today was very bad.”

He said things changed later in the day, though. “There is a big change now. The police are visible at intersections. It was much better in the evening but it was terrible in the morning.”

He clarified that taxis are allowed to operate. “They have to obey the instructions that you cannot have four people in a sedan. Only a maximum of three people.”

Nampa reported on Saturday that chaos unfolded at various Windhoek municipal offices on Saturday morning.

According to the report, hundreds of residents from informal settlements showed up to have their prepaid water tokens registered and have cut-off water supplies reconnected.

Residents at the Wanaheda municipality offices said: “The president declared a lockdown while we do not have water, and here we are on top of each other – how do they want to stop the spread of corona if we have no water? And now we are congested like this.”

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