Oniipa council enters Ondonga fray

17 February 2017 | Local News

Influential members of the Ondonga Traditional Authority who have been accused of confiscating land are reportedly also grabbing municipal land.

The Oniipa town council this week announced that town land at Onethindi and Oniipa had been seized by Ondonga King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, his wife Cecilia, as well as village headman Oscar Sheehama.

It was reported that Onethindi, Onamungudo and Ondonga villagers wrote letters to the Ondonga Traditional Authority alleging that they were losing their land to a group of powerful people from the palace led by the king's wife Cecilia, her son Toteya Elifas, daughter Katrina Elifas, Sheehama as well as a certain Thomas Amuthenu.

The traditional authority directed senior headman John Walenga to meet with the community members and hear what their complaints were. He was informed at the meeting that their land deeds were confiscated and that their land was sold without their consent using the king's name.

The town council's CEO, Junias Jakob, said the council had observed similar cases and they had advised the culprits to cease such illegal activities immediately as it might have dire legal consequences for them.

“As per the Local Authorities Act, Act 23 of 1992, we wish to state that the land in question is the property of the council from the time it was so proclaimed. The communal land rights that existed before the proclamation were terminated when the land was so proclaimed and it became Oniipa town council land,” Jakob said.

“The communal land rights holders are however entitled to be compensated for the loss of usage of such state land and the improvements, and that is the process the council is busy with.”

Following reports on this matter in Namibian Sun, a group of people who had received land from the traditional authority approached the town council to ask what would happen to their money.

Jakob said they were not going to favour any one person because the law was very clear and the council would obviously apply the law where it is applicable.

“Communities are aware and were well informed not to get involved in illegal dealings of selling land, but it seems like some of them are ignoring the authority.

“These people that have purchased the land in question and those that are still buying land from other people who claim to be the owners of the land, the council cannot help them.

“The land that they have bought belongs to the council and they do not have ownership (title deeds) for it. Therefore, they may lose their land without being compensated,” he said.

Oniipa was proclaimed a town in 2015.

Jakob said the traditional authority and community members were fully informed of what that entailed.

However, the council continues to see illegal land sales and development without approved building plans. Some members of the community are even building without plans at sites that they proclaim as theirs.

The secretary of the traditional authority, Joseph Asino, told Namibian Sun they were not yet prepared to comment on the matter.

“Yes, we have received all the complaints and we have directed John Walenga to host a meeting with the community and the town council. Once this is completed, we will make a statement,” he said.

Jakob added that the council was servicing the township of Onethindi proper, which is comprised of 251 erven of which 195 are zoned for residential and 43 for business.


Similar News


Governor hurls insults

20 hours ago | Local News

Dramatic scenes with near physical confrontations and marred by tribal undertones played out two weeks ago in the Hardap Region with its political head at...

Ndeitunga slams road carnage

20 hours ago | Local News

Reckless and negligent drivers responsible for killing thousands of Namibians on the roads and those posing a daily threat to others with their bad driver...

Cut home loans - AR

20 hours ago | Local News

Affirmative Repositioning is calling for changes to the financing structures of home loans, saying it excludes the poor from owning property. The AR made the...

Namibia Today employees still on Swapo payroll

20 hours ago | Local News

Three employees of the Swapo Party mouthpiece, Namibia Today, are still on the party's payroll even though the weekly publication last hit store shelves two...

Donkey problems at Okahao

20 hours ago | Local News

Free-roaming livestock has been named as one of biggest challenges the town of Okahao in the Omusati Region is currently faced with, especially donkeys from...

King Elifas hires and fires more

20 hours ago | Local News

The head of Ondonga's Onyelelo sub-district, Petrus Shambo Martin, is the latest casualty in the long chain of dismissals over three months in the Ondonga...

Omuhikingalo a tulwa miipandeko

20 hours ago | Local News

Aafekelwa yaali oya holoka komeho yompangu, taya tamanekelwa oshipotha shuulingilingi, uulunga omanga gumwe ta tamanekelwa ishewe oshipotha shokwiininga omunambelewa gwopolisi.Mboka oya holoka mompangulilo yaMangestrata gwaMbaye...

'Simanekeni uuthiga waYa Toivo'

20 hours ago | Local News

Omukalo omwaanawa AaNamibia taya vulu okulongitha mesimaneko lyependafule Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo okutsikila nokukalekapo uuthiga we wokukondjitha onkalo yokwaahathikapamwe netopolo lyeliko moshilongo shaahathikepamwe, uukwamuhoko nuulingilingi.Ngoka...

Uupyakadhi woondoongi mOkahao

20 hours ago | Local News

Einyengo lyiimuna ya manguluka okwa hololwa kutya ogwo omukundu gwa taalela unene ondoolopa yaKahao moshitopolwa shaMusati.Onkalo ndjoka okwa hololwa kutya oyi li omukundu omunene gwa...

Ekwatonkonga lya lundalala mOshikoto

20 hours ago | Local News

Ekwatonkonga oshi li oshimbuluma shoka hashi lopotwa unene mOshikoto, naNgoloneya gwoshitopolwa shoka Henok Kankoshi okwa gandja uusama kelongitho nayi lyiikolitha oshowo okunwa iikolitha uusiku.Pahapu dhaKankoshi,...

Latest News

Namibia: Old guard leadership in...

20 hours ago | Columns

By: Dylan MukoroliNamibia, 27 years into independence has achieved a great deal, however there is a greater deal that has still to be achieved for...

The mask behind African leaders’...

20 hours ago | Columns

By: Romanus MungambaIn our contemporary society, genuine love and support for our leaders during election time is hard to come by and when it comes...

Finding our identity

20 hours ago | Columns

A democratic state embodies the values of free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of choice and all the other characteristics of any democracy. Currently, in...

New wildlife law tough as...

20 hours ago | Environment

The National Assembly has passed the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Amendment Bill. This brings the barring of foreigners in Namibia should they be convicted...

Hospital has a million patients...

20 hours ago | Health

The chief medical officer at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, Dr Korbinian Vizcaya Amutenya, says that the northern hospital is basically a referral hospital as all...

Shot of the day

20 hours ago | Picture of the day

VICTORY: In this Friday, June 26, 2015 file photo, people gather in Washington's Lafayette Park to see the White House lit up in rainbow colours...

Don't Judge

20 hours ago | Opinion

The very sad story of the woman who sells her body to look after her children has sparked a huge debate on air and social...

SA sides with DRC

20 hours ago | Africa

South Africa has chosen to side with the Democratic Republic of Congo on its investigation into violence in its Kasai province, which has seen hundreds...

China mourns dead after landslide

20 hours ago | International

Villagers in China visited what used to be their relatives' homes on Monday to mourn loved ones lost when a landslide swept down a mountain,...

Load More