Shrinking Pohamba's housing dream

THE government is preparing to technically bury former president Hifikepunye Pohamba's N$2,9 billion housing dream and replace it with a small-scale low-cost housing scheme.

Launched in the last months of Pohamba's reign, the project was seen as the former president's legacy but it has been marred by controversy. The programme was supposed to make available 10 000 houses by next year and 180 000 by 2030.

But like many top government projects, mass housing failed to meet the target, managing to build less than 2 000 houses. This is considered a drop in the ocean considering that Namibia has a national backlog of over 140 000 houses.

Urban minister Sophia Shaningwa admitted that the programme will be revamped but denied that it will be scrapped.
But like many top government projects, mass housing failed to meet the target, managing to build less than 2 000 houses. This is considered a drop in the ocean considering that Namibia has a national backlog of over 140 000 houses.

Urban minister Sophia Shaningwa admitted that the programme will be revamped but denied that it will be scrapped.

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