Ovambanderu want halt in land sales

18 June 2019 | Local News

Ovambanderu Traditional Authority chief Kilus Nguvauva has called on government to stop selling ancestral land to foreigners.

Speaking during the 123rd commemoration of the battle of Otjunda at Okahandja on Sunday, Nguvauva said despite the second national land conference last year resolving not to sell land to foreigners, there were considerations to sell the Erindi Private Game Reserve to Mexican billionaire Alberto Bailleres.

“We are against the sale of Erindi and would like to tell the buyer that his investment is not welcomed by the Ovambanderu community. If he loves and respects Namibia, he should please keep his hands off Erindi,” the chief said.

The farm is currently co-owned by two South African brothers and government has already indicated it does not have the funds to buy the property.

Nguvauva urged Bailleres to consult traditional communities for advice on where he could meaningfully invest his billions, which would be welcomed by these communities.

The chief added the Ovambanderu were the first to lose lives, land and movable and immovable property to the German colonialists.

According to the chief, the eastern parts of the country from Windhoek resorted under the jurisdiction of the Ovambanderu.

“Places such as Okangondo (Seeis), Otjinjaamauua, Okatjekondo, Otjihanena, Okazeva, Omitara, Witvlei, Gobabis, Okeseta, Epukiro (RC Mission), Omukuruvaro (Olifantsfontein), Okounduve, Otjozondjiuozomaue (Kroonster), Otjunda and many others were all Ovambanderu land. These are areas we as Ovambanderu claim as part of our ancestral land we lost to the Germans and white minority governments of the British and Afrikaner colonisers who succeeded Germany after the First World War,” Nguvauva said.

The Ovambanderu chief then reiterated that government should stop selling the land in these areas and beyond to foreigners.



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