By John Tuerijama
THE man who coined the name Namibia, Professor Mburumba Kerina has thanked Confidente for exposing a farm invader who eventually vacated his farm as a result of the article.
The revered 84-year veteran politician and co-founder of Swapo endured nightmares which resulted into high-blood pressure and being hospitalised after an alleged illegal occupant of his farm, Norman Ramakhutla refused to vacate the resettlement plot in Dordabis.
“I am extremely glad with the judgement I have now started with relocating my cattle from Ovitoto taking them to the farm before I start moving the ones from Aminuis,” Kerina revealed.
“As you know the homestead in Aminuis is more of a traditional home where we will conduct our traditional activities so I will not relocate all the cattle from that area,” he added.
Barely a week after the expose, Ramakhutla has now “completely” left Kerina’s farm with his belongings, including cattle.
In an sms text to Confidente, Kerina said: “My wife and I would like to thank you very much for your assistance regarding the problems we encountered with the illegal occupant at our farm… He has completely left the farm with his livestock! May the Lord bless you and your staff. Prof and wife Kikii thank you.”
In an attempt to get the current occupant Ramakhutla off farm Renette No. 232 some 90 kilometers along the Dordabis road, Kerina had 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 wanted was the removal of Ramakhutla so that he could embark on the renovation of the farm which is currently 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. Asked when he will start with the rehabilitation of the infrastructure at the farm the veteran politician said: “I am now busy with the inventory list looking at what has been destroyed but as you know we are approaching the festive season and there is nothing much that one can achieve now …. next year will a better time to start fixing what’s been broken.”
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).
Contacted by Confidente for his side of the story, Ramakhutla earlier said he could not dictate to the newspaper “how you should write or what to put in your story and unfortunately I cannot comment on the matter,” he stressed.
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