LPM fights to secure refuge for livestock owners evicted in Gobabis
By Kaipaherue Kandjii
Adraconian decision by the municipality of Gobabis to evict landless farmers who live with their livestock in the town has pitted the coalition-led municipal Council against the Landless People’s Movement (LPM).
Gobabis CEO Sophia Eises gave an eviction notice to the farmers, the majority of whom live in informal settlements, saying their livestock, including goats, sheep, donkeys, and horses, pose a health and safety risk to the inhabitants. Eises told Confidente that livestock guard dogs are becoming dangerous to the communities, frequently attacking residents.
Just a week ago, a woman who was taking an occasional walk in Kanaan C is fighting for her life in the Gobabis hospital after eight dogs attacked – unprovoked.
The CEO said this was just a case of the many attacks residents are left to tolerate, which have since flooded her office with complaints.
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