By Confidente Reporter
THE dust encountered by Professor Mburumba Kerina over the invasion of his resettlement farm in Dordabis is far from settling down as the alleged illegal occupant refuses to vacate the plot.
In an attempt to get the current occupant Norman Ramakhutla off farm Renette No. 232 some 90 kilometres along the Dordabis road, Kerina has written numerous letters to the Founding President, Sam Nujoma, Vice President Nickey Iyambo and to the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement.
In an interview with Confidente recently, the seasoned politician said all he wants is the removal of Ramakhutla so that he could embark on the renovation of the farm which is in a dilapidated state.
He said the farm is in a shocking state as gates and fences have been broken down and that the farm itself is over-grazed.
According to Kerina the infrastructure at the farm is in such a deplorable state that it will cost him a lot of money to get it all fixed.
“All I want is have Ramakhutla evacuated from the farm as I want to transport my cattle to the farm but now I cannot do that,” said Kerina.
Secretary to the Permanent Secretary of the Minister of Land, Peter Amutenya informed this newspaper that the matter is now with the Government Attorney General, Sacky Shanghala for his consideration.
A letter dated October 7 2016, written by
‘Dispute around farm Renette’ reads that the VP Iyambo has taken note of the complaint and the subsequent request to intervene in the situation. Kerina and now with this publication, and headlined
It further read that the complaint has been referred to the Minister of land, Utoni Nujoma for his consideration.
Kerina also wrote personally to the Minister of Lands requesting the Minister to urgently repair or rehabilitate infrastructure on farm Renette.
He said a case has been registered with the court by Government, and will be heard today which could see Ramakhutla possibly get evicted.
Reads the letter: “Upon my resettlement at the said property I found the water infrastructure including solar system not in good working condition and need urgent rehabilitation.”
“I shall highly appreciate if permission could be granted to commence with repairs as soon as possible before the start of the rainy season,” said Kerina.
The stalwart also wrote a letter to the Governor of the Khomas Region, Laura Mcleod who is also the chairperson of the Khomas Regional Resettlement Group.
In that letter dated September 12 2016, Kerina says he found with shock the alleged intruder on the farm had removed all original farm name signboards from the main road to the main entrance gate of the farm for the purposes of misleading law enforcement (police).
“I have removed the illegal signboard from the main gate to the farm which was replaced with the original name of the farm. The illegal occupant has further overgrazed the farm, damaged camp fences/gates including water infrastructure,” read the letter.
The letter further informed the Governor, that he (Kerina) has requested the Ministry to instruct the police to remove his livestock from the farm. The retired politician said his livestock cannot move into the farm until the occupant’s animals are removed. Also in a letter addressed to the Vice President, Kerina alleged that Ramakhutla came to the farm illegally, and has more than 200 livestock which are grazing there illegally and have destroyed the grazing.
Kerina said his livestock is currently kept at the neighbours in Aminius in the Omaheke Region. Kerina has also sought audience with the office of the Founding President for his intervention through the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement to enable him to send his livestock to the farm.
In a letter by the Ministry of Lands addressed to Nambili Shipena (Government lawyer) entitled ‘Eviction of Mr. Norman Ramakhutla on farm Renette No. 230, Registration Division K’, Kerina questioned Shipena’s credibility as he alleged that the government lawyer has befriended Ramakhutla and has shown signs of double standards.
Reads the letter: “This letter serves to kindly request the Office of the Attorney General to urgently consider the eviction proceedings of Ramakhutla from the farm. It is also our understanding that summons were granted and supposed to be issued to Ramakhutla by the Deputy Sherriff.”
Contacted by Confidente on his refusal to vacate the farm, Ramakhutla said the matter is with the court and thus could not comment as it would be sub judice.
“I really can’t tell how you should write or what to put in your story and unfortunately I cannot comment on the matter,” he stressed.
Ramakhutla added that the matter would be presided over by a judge today.
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