Stella Hansen, the Windhoek resident who received a house from President Hage Geingob in 2015, is struggling with a N$5,000 water debt after the Office of the President allegedly stopped paying her water bill last year June.
This is despite a promise to settle her water bills for a year after she moved into the house.
This week, the Windhoek Observer paid a surprise visit to Hansen’s fairly well-kept house situated along Independence Avenue in the Wanaheda residential area.
Hansen lives with her daughter and three nieces as well as her unemployed brother, who helps with the maintenance of the yard.
In an interview, Hansen said that she was happy with the home that was provided to her family by the president and his Chinese friends, but now she is drowning in bills.
“I was so excited when they put it in my name, but the water bill is giving me sleepless nights. I am afraid that the same incident that happened to my mother, will happen to me,” she said.
Hansen and her family were evicted from their family home in 2007 after the City of Windhoek auctioned it over unpaid water and electricity bills.
The arrears water bill has accumulated from N$3,500 in January 2017 to about N$5,000 due in May.
Hansen only receives a disability grant from the Government while her meat-cutting business has not really taken off because of a lack of customers, she said.
“I am struggling to maintain the house and they will not let me rent out the place. I sometimes go for weeks without any customers (for the meat business),” she said.
Apart from the disability grant, she also receives a food parcel from the Food Bank every month.
Geingob was touched by the family’s ordeal when the family was found living on the cemetery grounds near their former house.
On 23 November 2015, Geingob handed over a fully furnished three-bedroomed house worth N$600,000 to Hansen.
The house took 42 days to build.
When contacted for comment, Press Secretary in the office of the Presidency, Albertus Aochamub, said that he was not aware of the situation at the Hansen house, but would need to follow up.
He had still not given feedback by the time of going to print.