By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Helao Nafidi town council is caught in the middle of a land dispute after allocating land through the Build Together programme without the owner’s consent.
In 2013, Helao Nafidi allocated plots to landless individuals on a piece of land that does not belong to the council, but to Immanuel Namupala.
Earlier this year, in a letter dated May 18, the town council through its CEO Inga Iipinge, wrote to the clients asking them to be patient until the dispute between Namupala and council is resolved in court.
Namupala told Confidente that he did not enter into any agreement with the town council but was shocked to see the council servicing more than 100 plots in his mahangu field.
“I was not informed of anything by the council and I just saw the council serving plots in my field without my consent. I am highly disappointed by the council and I want them to resolve the matter urgently. This is my land and I will not give it away without them compensating me. They must pay me for all the damages that they caused to my field. Helao Nafidi council is full of corruption and maladministration. Enough is enough,” said Namupala.
He added that the land matter has been in dispute dating back to 2011. The Mayor of Helao Nafidi, Elias Nghipangelwa confirmed the matter to Confidente; however he could not divulge more information saying the case was now in court.
“I am aware of the matter but I cannot comment on further because it is now in the hands of the lawyers after it was taken to court some years back,” he said.
Several attempts to get comment from Iipinge ended in vain.
DTA of Namibia as stakeholders of the Helao Nafidi town council, who spoke on behalf of people who were allocated land, is requesting the council to expedite the process and subsequently allocate land to the landless.
“To alternatively allocate new serviced land to those people before the end of this year while awaiting the outcome of the ongoing dispute which is not yet known how long it will take to be resolved? It should be noted that land and housing is a much needed commodity and residents cannot be left waiting indefinitely. It is not clear though how the town council could allocate land which is subjected to a dispute. That is tantamount to false promises and is seen by our party as a way of misleading the nation,” said Hidipo Hamata, the party’s regional coordinator.
Hamata said that the town council has failed to educate the town residents about its compensation policy.
He further said that the continuous act by the town council of cutting down fruit bearing trees before entering into negotiations is prejudicial to owners and is seen as the town council’s mechanism to oppress the poor by reducing the value of the land thus reducing the amount the town council will compensate.
“As a party, we want to see progress and development in the town council on par or better as with all other town councils. We are thus requesting the town council to look into this matter urgently and give us answers on or before September 30 on the course of action the town council will follow,” said Hamata.
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