By Eliaser Ndeyanale
IN the face of strong political opposition, the Oshakati Town Council has again expressed its intention to sell plots marked general, residential and commercial to bigwigs despite objections by Affirmative Repositioning (AR) last year.
According to an advertisement that was placed in a local newspaper on December 28, the council said that it intends to sell off immovable properties – most of them at Oshakati North extention 4 and Ekuku by way of private transaction to 115 people.
“Objections to the proposed transaction duly motivated and in writing are addressed or delivered to the office of the Chief Executive Officer no later than 06 January 2017 (sic),” the advertisement read.
The town council first released the names of those who could be allocated residential plots early last month; however, the AR movement requested the Oshakati town to reverse its move to sell the plots to politically connected individuals.
Those that are lined-up to get plots are Oshana regional governor Clemence Kashuupulwa who could buy a 4 167 square metres plot marked general residential for N$375 030.
Approached for comment on Tuesday, Kashuupulwa refused to reveal whether he got the land or not. “I don’t want to talk about it, sorry.”
Gabriel Kamwanka who was the town council’s chairperson of the management committee stands to get erf 2 207 measuring 456 square metres for N$36 480. In what could be termed as conflict of interest, Kamwanka, who was the chairperson of the management committee before he resigned in December, chaired the meeting and in that meeting his application for land measuring 8 703 square metres for business purposes was approved.
According to the town council minutes, some buyers intend to construct an array of buildings such as flats, guesthouses, minimarkets and markets, office complex and a shopping complex.
Linus Tobias is a member of the council who is lining up for a plot measuring 510 square metres costing N$40 800.
The town council’s manager for finance and asset management Damian Hamunyela wants erf 1630 for N$69 600. Hamunyela has reportedly on previous occasions sold off plots he acquired from council. Hamunyela applied to buy erf 1630 at Oshakati Extension 3 measuring 870 square metres, which is currently vacant. Council documents indicate that the Ministry of Justice was also interested in the said erf, “but they were not forthcoming and there is no documentary proof that it was allocated to them”. The management committee, therefore, recommended that the erf must be allocated to Hamunyela for N$69 600.
Bank of Namibia Oshakati branch manager, Phillip Ndjendja might get a plot measuring 4 993 square meters for N$748 950.
Lucas Amushembe who is deputy manager of infrastructure and technical is interested in buying erf 1 272 measuring 2 663 square metres on which he intends to build a complex. Northern businessman Robert Shimooshili wants to buy erf 394 for N$319 330.
Oshakati town council acting Chief Executive Officer, Tomas Negongo said in an interview with Confidente that the town council had received only one objection from AR and it had referred them to the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development for the final say.
“It’s the minister who has the final say. If she thinks that the objections raised are valid, she will cancel the sale but if she thinks that the objections are invalid she would recommend for the sale,” he said, adding that the sale would be done after 14 days if the minister gives a go ahead.
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