inistry of Lands and Resettlement manage to remove three illegal fences in Omusati Region during 2012-13

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Lands and Resettlement has managed to remove only three illegal fences in the Omusati Region during the 2012/13 financial year.

This was revealed in the ministry’s annual report for 2012/13 tabled by the Minister of Lands and Resettlement Alpheus !Naruseb in Parliament on Tuesday.

The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the line ministry Lidwina Shapwa mentioned in her executive summary of that report that this doesn’t come without challenges, as some illegal fence owners resort to courts making the project difficult to implement.

During the year under review, the ministry also undertook farm assessments and demarcations, and a total of 65 farms were assessed, while 23 new farms and 63 existing farms were demarcated countrywide.

Shapwa said in order to ensure equitable distribution and access to land, the Land Reform Advisory Commission (LRAC) established 13 regional sub-committees to assist in the regional selection of candidates for resettlement.

A total of 26 lease agreements were signed out of a target of 100 lease agreements.

Shapwa indicated that many of the beneficiaries, however, refused to sign lease agreements, and demanded that the infrastructure be fixed first.

It is, however, now a policy of the ministry that infrastructure development can only take place once the lease agreement has been signed.