Based on a meeting that the ACC team had with the Inhabitants Commission in Lubango, we would like to inform you of the following:
320 houses are about to be demolished along the Mukufi river. This river divides the city of Lubango in half and its bridge gives access to the Lage Church and the 27th of March school. According to a member of the Inhabitants Commission, the demolitions haven’t taken place yet because two weeks ago the Municipal Administration didn’t manage to reach a consensus amongst the inhabitants that would be affected. The inhabitants have already received documents to receive plots of land in Tchavola, but not the actual plots in order to start construction works.
The following concerns were raised:1. No conditions were prepared to deal with the vulnerable (elderly, ill, poor, disabled people); 2. There is no information available with regard to the compensations available (some of the inhabitants have legal documentation of their property); 3. There is still not a school in Tchavola, which means there is a risk for children to miss out on this school year; 4. There is talk about 20 zinc sheets being given out for those who built brick houses, but it seems to be just a rumour.
After the demolition of the 320 houses, the second phase will follow which will have many implications: 1. The terrible problems created by the first demolitions have not been solved yet; 2. There is one month left before the rainy season starts in October, which means that during this period it will not be possible to build any houses. The rain may also worsen health problems.
In this context, we ask for your contributions so that we can act in an organised way and avoid this imminent disaster. Meanwhile, ACC has gathered and proposes the following ideas: 1. Pronounce ourselves with other partners in Lubango through the ADRA space and also; 2. Set up a meeting with the Municipal Administration to demand that the national and international law regarding demolitions is met, in order to avoid the events of the demolitions of last March; 3. Request the mechanisms of the United Nations and the African Commission to intervene in order to avoid that things get worse; 4. Mobilise the media to spread the news on this case.Lubango, August 30, 2010.ACCMais informação em Inglês sobre as demolições no Lubango More information in English on the demolitions in Lubango:
ANGOLA: REBUILDING BY DEMOLISHING
The politics of national reconstruction
ANGOLA: DEMOLITIONS CONTINUE, BUT CRITICAL CONSCIENCE GROWINGhttp://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/66663
Prezados,Venho por este meio, baseado num encontro que a equipa da ACC acaba deter no nosso escritório, com um dos membros da Comissão de Moradores, informa-vos o seguinte: