By Hileni Nembwaya
THE land committee of the Oshakati town council has denied any irregularities or conflicts of interest regarding the allocation of business erven of Oshana regional governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa and Gabriel Kamwanka, the chairperson of the management committee.
Kornelius Kapolo, Acting CEO said that the land committee had observed no conflict of interest before awarding the two prominent citizens commercial land.
Spectators feared that a conflict of interest might have occurred more so in the allocation of Kamwanka’s plot because he has been the chairperson of the land committee until recently.
However, Kapolo denied the allegations saying that the land committee does not make decisions due to political influence.
“Kamwanka is not part of the land committee and the town council strictly works with the declaration of conflict of interest whereby in all meetings, any person who is on point of discussion is asked to excuse the meeting, to avoid any conflict of interest. Council has been firmly practicing this exercise in all meetings,” said Kapolo. In the minutes of the ordinary council meeting that were circulated on social media, the Oshakati town council land committee which is headed by the town council CEO Werner Iita recommended that Kamwanka and Kashuupulwa be approved to purchase business erven at a price stipulated for each area.
Kamwanka was allocated a business erven at Oshakati North measuring 8 703 square metres at a price of N$957 300, while Kashuupulwa was allocated a plot at Ekuku, extension 2 measuring 4 167 square metres costing N$375 030.
In the documents, Kamwanka indicated that he intends to construct a guest house and a market place, while Kashuupulwa stated that he wants to construct flats.
Kapolo in his address said that the latter both handed in their business proposals in 2014 and all applications were being treated equally; hence no applications are skipped based on merits.
“Council is faced with a number of challenges whereby a number of plots have been acquired either by council or individuals; however some owners dispose them off for various factors.
These activities were prompted due to the fact that council did not have a pre-emptive clause implemented at the time to control the allocation and disposal of plots. Council only allocates residential plots to first-time owners as per pre-emptive clause,” said Kapolo.
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