By Confidente Reporter
THE Oshikuku town council will sell business and residential properties by way of private transaction to businessmen for less than N$10 000.
According to an advertisement that was placed in the media recently, anyone wishing to object against the proposed transactions as set out by the council, may do so in writing by submitting written objections before September 19.
Businessman and chairperson of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Okalongo, Antonius Lungameni is among those who could buy the land if there are no objections. Lungameni wants erf 1263 measuring 399 square meters for N$7 980. Musician Albert Uulenga aka Mushe may get erf 1286 for N$8 720.
Former Oshikuku town councillor Salom Hidulika will get erf 987 measuring 9708 square metres for N$58 248.
Oshikuku town council chief executive officer Julia Nakale says that the town council is not selling land at a cheap price but that land in Oshikuku is affordable.
“Our plots are affordable and people need land to build houses”.
This followed a call early this year by Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa urged local authority councils that price of housing should be drastically reduced to make it affordable for the poor, enabling them to put food on the table after paying their monthly home loan instalments. She then instructed local authorities to ensure that low income earners across the country do not pay more than N$500 per month for housing.
“Low earners should no longer buy houses for thousands of dollars per month. As leaders you know the incomes of your people so make decisions based on that and ensure the houses are affordable for them,” she said at a consultative retreat she held with regional governors, chairpersons of regional and village councils, mayors and chief executive officers.
She also said once housing prices are reduced, citizens would be able to pay their bonds and feed their families instead of spending most of their income on rent or home loans as is the case now.
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