Kafula’s Son Gets Special N$5 Million Plot

WINDHOEK mayor Agnes Kafula’s son has acquired a prime plot in Windhoek valued at N$5,7 million through the company he formed last year.

The municipality could have earned N$8 million had the land been auctioned like was done with the Academia plots where a 500 square metre plot was sold for more than N$1million. The erf R875 in Klein Windhoek, which David Kafula’s company got, measures about 4 200 square metres. The plot that overlooks the city was classified as special by the municipality.

When the deal was finalised on Thursday, Kafula walked out of the meeting leaving the councillors to decide whether her son should get the multi-million dollar land.

David co-owns Elimwena Investments Group together with Tuliikeni Ndadi with each of them holding 50%. David also got the green light to lease out another plot close to their acquired land measuring 700 square metres for the next 10 years for about N$8 000 per month for parking.

Kafula yesterday denied any wrongdoing. “David happened to be my son before I became a councillor. He is not 10 years old but a responsible person.”

She said there is no clause in the Local Authorities Act that restricts councillors’ children and relatives from participating in the work of municipalities.

“We are being guided by the Act,” she said.

It also emerged that the strategic executive of planning and property management – one of the most powerful managers of the municipality’s property division – was not consulted about David’s bid for land.

The department was, however, informed by the manager of property management that they should approve the deal while any of their questions would be addressed.

Council ordered that David and his partner sign the deeds of sale within 60 days after the diagrams have been approved by the municipality.

The two plan to set up Elimwena Dine and Restaurant which will cater for over 120 clients (which is against council rules which limits it to 70) equipped with a private cuisine, a walk in take-away, private meetings, conference, VIP entertainment and a swimming pool.

According to David’s presentation, the company plans to create 30 permanent jobs and nine temporary ones while also roping in small business enterprises.

Kafula’s son got the land about five months after enquiring about the plot to the chief executive officer Niilo Taapopi.

Taapopi told David’s consultants Rhitta Khiba in a letter dated 16 July 2014 that the plot was being assessed on how it will be used.

Elimwena Investments got the plot ahead of another company Hotel Fort Oberhof who wanted to set up a restaurant named Galactica Restaurant.

The company claimed that it will invest N$16 million in the project and is set to work with Proffered Management Service.

Hotel Fort Oberhof applied on 14 September this year and says the decision to award the land was hurried by the council who received bidders only this year.

The plot is situated on the hill approximately where Werth Singel is linked to Robert Mugabe and Nelson Mandela Avenue.

The municipality gave the plot to Kafula’s son even though Pooven Moodley, the person who wanted to build Galactica Restaurant, applied for the same plot in 1995, 2001, 2004, 2009 and in September this year.

Moodley who planned to set up a revolving restaurant on the hill branded the news that the plot went to David as a bad decision insisting that his idea was unique.

The council rejected Moodley’s application because his company was not yet a registered entity in Namibia.

The modus operandi of the mayor of Windhoek has been reported in The Namibian this week, from proposing that council makes available a prime plot worth over N$1 million to Big Brother 2013 winner Dillish Mathews to being the main supporter of the deal that is likely to see businesswoman Teckla Lameck rake in a plot as big as five football fields.

The sale of the plot to Kafula’s son is another proof how well-connected individuals have over the years roped in top leaders from the municipality to endorse their applications for land while the majority of the population are subjected to land auctions which have resulted in exorbitant prices.

Source : The Namibian