By Hilary Mare
SIBBINDA constituency councillor Ignatius Chunga and Charles Kabajani are among six applicants who are on the list to be allocated rights to lease land in Zambezi by the regional Communal Land Board.
Chunga wants land measuring 1.5 hectare in Liselo to build a guest house while Kabajani who is the undersecretary for Formal Education in the Ministry of Higher Education is eyeing a piece of land in Ikumwe (Sizimbukwa) to build a cuca shop.
According to a recent advert, the communal land board disclosed that it has given rights of leaseholds to six individuals and invites those who wish to raise objections to do that within this week.
City of Windhoek executive secretary of community services Beauty Kahimbi Lubinda wants land measuring 3.2 hectares where she intends to build a cultural village at Kalumba. Senior medical officer at the Ministry of Health also in the Zambezi region Dr Oladimesi Akeem Akinyemi, originally from Nigeria, intends to be allocated a portion of land measuring 1.07 hectare in Mafuta. He wants to construct an orphanage.
Three years ago Swapo resolved to ban foreigners from owning land in the country, but Government is still working out modalities around that suggestion. Landless Namibians have in recent years urged Government to make laws banning foreign nationals from owning land in Namibia and to shorten the lease period which is currently benched at 99 years.
Livingstone businessman Linus Mukwata wishes to have land in Sangwali the traditional tribal centre of the Mayeyi people, a place known for the annual Batsara Batsapi cultural festival. The land measures 7.7 hectares. Should he acquire the land Mukwata who is the builder of the Livingstone museum in the area, would transform the land from campsite development to lodges.
Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC), pioneered community-based wildlife conservation in Namibia might get land measuring 0.388 hectares for office development in Kongola.
Asked why only high profile people have been shortlisted, Zambezi Communal Land Board development planner Gift Sinyepe said the communal land board only followed what has been recommended by the traditional authority, adding that they do not favour anyone.
“Traditional authorities, in particular communities, have the primary power to allocate rights of leasehold not the communal land boards. The Communal Land Board only helps with the land registration process to assist traditional authorities with systematic documentation and administration of communal land rights already allocated by traditional authorities,” he said.
He further stated that after the Communal Land Board has finished with its work traditional authorities can thus influence the decision made during the ratification of land rights by the board, saying the involvement of the Communal Land Board is purely administrative to keep records in case of changes in inheritance, donating and relinquishing of land rights.
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