Land corruption haunts SADC

Corruption is a major obstacle in the way of equitable land allocation in Southern Africa, experts say.

05 September 2019 | Agriculture

Corruption involving civil servants, chiefs, monarchs, banks and corporates, among others, remains a thorn in the flesh in terms of equitable land allocation and management across southern Africa.

This is according to land management experts who shared their experiences during a land governance symposium earlier this week in Windhoek.

Dr Fatima Mandhu, the head of department at the University of Zambia's school of law, said: “According to data, we have some traditional chiefs and land officials on the payroll of very big banks and companies, who get their land titles approved very quickly.”

Mandhu added the consequence of corruption is that it is very difficult for the majority of people to acquire or secure statutory land on an equitable basis.

She also noted that on a smaller scale, corruption is also present when individuals are granted land by traditional authorities in circumstances where they are not entitled to it.

Mandhu said currently there are too many institutions dealing with state land administration, which is causing a coordination problem.

“Inadequate coordination among these land institutions leads to problems, like the same parcel of land being offered to different people by different land institutions, thereby causing land disputes,” she said.

Corruption is also a challenges in Lesotho, said land expert Malopo Ntaote, adding that to date very little has been done to curb it.

According to him one of the major issues is that it is difficult to hold chiefs and monarchs accountable.

“There is another aspect where civil servants are involved in underhanded practices to ensure the allocation of land.

“One would say there is a total collapse; we have had an instance where a commission of inquiry was set up and some personnel were accused of corrupt practices,” he said.

Johnson Kampamba from Botswana said they are haunted by a lack of a well-coordinated system, delays in land allocation and poor recordkeeping.

He also raised corruption as a key challenge. “The lack of a well-coordinated system can result in corrupt acts and double allocations. This could also lead to delays in the allocation of land,” he said.

Professor Absalom Manyatsi from Eswatini also raised the issue of delays when enacting legislation that would enable the proper functioning of a land management board.

“There is a lack of information on land boundaries and a prevalence of forced evictions,” he said.

Manyatsi pointed out there are often disputes between traditional chiefs when it comes to land boundaries, due to a lack of land ownership rights.

“Inter-chieftain land disputes fracture social relationships and divide residents who may be staying in the same location. They ordinarily involve boundaries and are usually provoked by development projects. Inter-chieftain land disputes often result in evictions and hinder developments,” he said.

Manyatsi added the powers of traditional local authorities have been eroded in some communities, because of chieftaincy disputes and a loss of authority and respect by traditional leaders.

[email protected]

JEMIMA BEUKES

Similar News

 

Hundreds of farmers benefit from Crave project

1 day - 06 August 2020 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKHundreds of farmers benefitted from the Climate Resilient Agriculture in Three Vulnerable Extreme Northern Crop-Growing Regions (Crave) project during the 2018/19 financial year.The project,...

Unlocking bush feed potential

2 days ago - 05 August 2020 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKThe Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) says although the potential for bush feed in Namibia exists, more rigorous and extensive research needs to be the...

Charcoal fires cause concern

2 days ago - 05 August 2020 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKMeasures have been put in place to control and minimise bush fires caused by charcoal producers in the country.The risk of bush fires is...

Pandemic worsens food insecurity

3 days ago - 04 August 2020 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKA new report, released by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has revealed that close to 44.8 million people in urban and rural areas...

Fixed-price slaughter contracts introduced

1 week ago - 29 July 2020 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK Meatco has reintroduced its fixed-price slaughter contract to help farmers in delivering slaughter animals and in an attempt to...

Planning a vital part of farm management

1 week ago - 29 July 2020 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK Planning is an important component in farm management as it enables an informed decision-making process. It...

Optimise land use – Schlettwein

1 week ago - 28 July 2020 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKNamibia must make the most of its scarce resources and develop modern and appropriate tools to enable sustainable development. This was said by...

Agribank sues Parreira for N$50m

1 week ago - 27 July 2020 | Agriculture

Kenya Kambowe RUNDU Agribank is suing well-known farmer and businessman Tulio van der Merwe Parreira for about N$50 million after he...

Namibian blueberries go global

1 week ago - 27 July 2020 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK A few years ago, no one would have dreamt that one could grow high-quality blueberries in a country...

Giants fall for road safety

2 weeks ago - 23 July 2020 | Agriculture

ELVIRA HATTINGHWINDHOEKDespite complaints from members of the Stampriet community, the Roads Authority (RA) says it is within its rights to remove large camelthorn trees along...

Latest News

Border bribery syndicate exposed

7 hours ago | Crime

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEK Namibian authorities have widened their investigation into the case of Immanuel David, who allegedly paid bribes to various individuals so...

Shame on Namibian football ‘gods’

7 hours ago | Opinion

Like the body of a disgraced African dictator awaiting official communication on what is to be done with it, Namibian football has been lying in...

Fishrot's De Klerk washes dirty...

7 hours ago | Justice

RONELLE RADEMEYER WINDHOEK Marén de Klerk, the lawyer who left Namibia amid allegations that millions of dollars from the Fishrot bribery scandal had passed...

She’s got style

7 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE WINDHOEK Launched in 2018, stylist Yverischka Ivertor Bok is happy with the pace at which her brand,...

10th NAMAs go virtual

7 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

STAFF REPORTER WINDHOEK The Namibian Annual Music Awards executive committee recently announced that the 10th NAMAs will be delivered online. The event will...

Keeping it real

7 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

Awards season is finally in full swing, and this is testament to the stories carried in this edition.After being in suspense for a few months,...

Boy accused of murder granted...

7 hours ago | Justice

NAMPAGOBABISA 14-year-old boy who allegedly stabbed an 18-year-old to death at the Kanaan A informal settlement in Gobabis this past Saturday has been granted bail...

Pangolin traffickers nabbed

7 hours ago | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKIn the first cooperation between US law enforcement and the Namibian police, four suspected pangolin traffickers were recently arrested in Namibia.According to a statement...

Germany should fund Namibia's land...

7 hours ago | Columns

Henning Melber Nearly 30 years after starting land reform, Namibia's distribution of land ownership is still skewed. This is a colonial legacy. It is high...

Load More