Member of parliament Maximalliant Katjimune has accused the urban and rural development minister, Erastus Uutoni, of “dragging his feet” with the rent control bill.
Katjimune, in the National Assembly on Tuesday, questioned Uutoni on the rent control bill, which has been with his ministry since 2017. This bill seeks to regulate rental fees in Namibia.
“The minister has been dragging his feet in bringing this crucial piece of legislation, which would bring relief to tenants across the country, to parliament for debate,” the parliamentarian asked.
Katjimune said the working class cannot afford to buy their own property and have resorted to renting.
“The gap between income levels and the cost of urban land and housing continues to widen, underscoring the urgent need for comprehensive housing policies and initiatives that can provide affordable and sustainable housing solutions for Namibia’s working class,” he said.
Uutoni, at the beginning of the year, said the bill will be before parliament this year.
The minister is expected to respond on Thursday when the members of the executive branch answer questions directed at them.