Drama over plot
01 August 2019 | Local News
2 292 square metres, situated in Extension 7, known as Kehemu, was discussed.
Councillor Reginald Ndara, representing the Rundu Concerned Citizens Association (RCCA) expressed his utmost disappointment over the transaction, saying that during an era where thousands of people are landless, someone is being allocated a plot measuring over 2 000 square metres.
Ndara wanted to know who surveyed the area and demarcated a residential plot of that size.
He argued a plot of that size is ideal for business and not residential purposes.
“You see, a single residential plot cannot be more than 1 000 square metres. This is 2 292 square metres, and if it was surveyed, by whom? We need to know who decided to demarcate a single residential plot to be this big. It is very rare to find a single residential plot of this size, which is why we need to know who surveyed it. How did it happen?” Ndara questioned.
Acting Rundu CEO Herman Haingura explained the transaction was in line with a ministerial directive and that there was no problem with allocating a plot measuring over
2 000 square metres, for residential purposes.
“Your worship, let me clarify this, we are following the directive of the line ministry, which was issued long back, that in Namibia a residential plot must not be less than 300 square metres, but it does not mean that it cannot be more than
1 000 or 2 000 square metres,” Haingura said.
“This one was formalised a long time ago. For an erf to be more than 2 000 square metres, there is nothing wrong with that, but if it was below 300 square meters, then one could say something was wrong, but it was created that way. A lot of plots in that vicinity are of that size.”
Ndara immediately countered by asking how many plots there are measuring over 2 000 square metres, while reiterating he still wants to know who serviced the area.
All People's Party (APP) councillor Mathews Wakudumo also expressed concern over the transaction, even though he forms part of the management committee, which is in favour of the sale.
Wakudumo said it is a hypocrisy for the council to compel people from other parts of the town to surrender their plots for demarcation of up to 300 square metres, yet it was allowing the sale of a 2 000-square metre plot to one person.
Wakudumo was referencing Kaisosi township, where people had demanded bigger erven, but were limited to plots of 300 square metres.
He asked why some were given the option of acquiring big plots at Kehemu, but this was not applied at Kaisosi, which had existed before Kehemu was established.
“When you look at Kaisosi, people were forced to give their land and only have three portions of land - one for the person and two additional ones, which are 300 square metres. Now if we are talking of people having 2 000-square metre plots, how did we approach Kaisosi, where people gave up their land? There is no person in Kaisosi with a plot of that size. Why is this allowed in Kehemu? This is uncalled for,” Kudumo said.
Management committee chairperson, Swapo councillor Anastacia Foya, then joined the debate.
She called on members to put their grievances aside and approve the transaction, adding that Haingura should then revert back to the council on the issues raised by the councillors.
Foya also expressed her disappointment with Wakudumo, who sits on the management committee, saying he was supposed to raise his concerns when they discussed the transaction.
After more debate the recommendation was passed, as Rundu mayor Isak Kandingu, his deputy Toini Hausiku, Foya and Wakudumo supported it, while Ndara did not.
Former Rundu mayor Verna Sinimbo and former deputy mayor Ralph Ihemba were not present.
Ndara also raised his concerns over someone being allocated a piece of land at a price of N$10 per square metre in the same area, while others were paying N$30 to N$45.
He said people should not discriminated against, based on their income levels, but that prices should be based on the extension in which they reside.