New plot saga at Omuthiya

16 August 2019 | Government

Omuthiya deputy mayor Hisikiel Nanyeni, who previously served as the town's mayor, is being accused of allocating himself a residential plot at Extension Five in 2013 without paying for it.

According to documents seen by Namibian Sun on 8 July this year, Nanyeni belatedly applied to the council and was given the green light to pay N$273 700 towards the plot he has since built flats on and where he generates money from tenants.

According to sources at the council and documents, the erf in question is 2 796 square metres in size and the plot number is 1 295.

This is the latest in a string of allegations being made against the town's top four councillors.

It has previously been reported that outgoing town CEO Samuel Mbango had written a letter to urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga on 10 June, in which he listed alleged irregularities committed by mayor Katrina Uusiku, Nanyeni, management committee chairperson Beata Nashongo and committee member Enos Shipahu.

Mbango accused them of leasing plots to themselves without ministerial approval, amongst other allegations.

A source alleged this week that Nanyeni's plot was discussed on 16 July at a management committee attended by Nashongo and Shipahu.

“The two agreed that Nanyeni must get the green light to pay off the plot.

On 5 August, the matter was again discussed at a council meeting, which was only attended by the top four councillors - Uusiku, Nanyeni, Nashongo and Shipahu - and acting CEO Taimi Lungameni, the manager for finance, sidelining Joseph Kankunka, a member of the management committee, Susana Uukongo and Toivo Nghilalulwa,” the source said.

“The three other councillors were not invited.”

When it came to the discussion of Nanyeni's plot, he excused himself and only three councillors agreed to give him the green light to pay off his plot, without meeting a quorum.”

Nanyeni said these are all lies and “bitter efforts” by Mbango, after the council did not renew his contract.

“I am having the proof of a lease agreement that I pay for every month. If they are saying I occupied the land without council agreement, where was the town CEO all those years? As councillors we make decisions, but they are not final because the CEO is the accounting officer and has the final say,” Nanyeni said.

“Mbango must tell the truth and come out that he did not sign the lease agreements. I know we did not renew his contract, but we informed him that he can reapply.”

Nashongo questioned who is giving Namibian Sun the information.

“Who is the person feeding you with information? Ask that person to give you all the details,” she said.

During a council meeting on 3 June, the councillors resolved not to renew Mbango's contract. Mbango reported the matter to Mushelenga in his letter of 10 June.

In a letter dated 2 August, Mushelenga urged the councillors to provide him with a detailed report on their decision before 19 August.


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