Namoloh to Decide On Dillish Plot

THE ball will soon be in the court of local government minister Charles Namoloh to decide if the Windhoek municipality should proceed to sell a plot to 2013 Big Brother Africa reality show winner Dillish Mathews on discount since she had”put Namibia on the map”.

The same will also apply to another controversial plot worth N$5,7 million that was sold to David, the 26-year-old son of Windhoek mayor Agnes Kafula.

The troubled municipality placed an aert in The Namibian last Friday, calling for the public to write letters of objection indicating why 22 plots should not be sold to the applicants.

The notice titled ‘Sale and lease of various erven by private treaty’ shows that erf 674 measuring around 800 square metres in Henties Street in Kleine Kuppe estimated at over N$1 million should be sold at an affordable price to Mathews is now in the final stages of being transferred to the reality star.

The sale will, however, have to go through public objections and later on to Namoloh, who can approve or disapprove it according to the powers provided to the minister in the Local Authorities Act.

According to the law, if any objection is lodged, the property in question shall not be sold, unless the municipality has submitted the objections and other information to the minister.

The minister may then approve or disapprove the application and can decide that the property in question should be sold or leased by way of public tender.

This means Namoloh can block the sale of controversial plots to Mathews and others if he deems it necessary.

Permanent secretary in the local government ministry Daniel Nghidinua told The Namibian on Saturday said objections are to be submitted to the Windhoek municipal council for consideration.

The council will then seek the minister’s approval on any objections received and responses from council to each of the objections.

“The council will need to indicate to the minister whether or not the objections have any merit to make council to change its early decisions,” Nghidinua said.

He said the minister will exercise his judgement on the facts put before him by the municipality and decide whether or not he agrees and, therefore, upholds the decision of council or disapproves it.

The municipality invited interested parties to lodge written objections in sealed envelopes and place them in a glass box labelled “Objections to the sale, lease or donation of various improved and unimproved properties, Notice no 1262014” at the municipality offices.

The envelope should be directed to the strategic executive: urban planning and property management before 12 December 2014, 11h00.

The plot being sold to David’s company was also put up for objection on Friday. The erf R875 in Klein Windhoek measures about 4 200 square metres.

While it takes ordinary citizens years to acquire land in Windhoek, the son of the mayor only waited for four months to get the plot in Klein Windhoek.

Another controversial plot up for objections is the land in Suiderhof measuring 6 000 square metres that the municipality wants to sell for N$5,3 million to the army company August 26 Holdings.

The Windhoek municipality offered this plot to the army company, ahead of four other companies that had also shown interest in the land.

This was against a resolution adopted by the municipality that in cases where there is more than one company applying for the same land, it must be sold through public tender. The municipality could have fetched over N$5 million if it went on public tender considering that a 500 square metre plot went for close to a million dollars at last month’s Academia auction.

Other plots up for objections include the one of Swapo member of parliament Billy Mwaningange, who got a N$68 000 plot in Wanaheda by virtue of him being a war veteran and the one in Kleine Kuppe worth over N$1 million which was sold to veterans’ affairs deputy minister Hilma Nicanor for N$340 000 despite three objections from the public.

Source : The Namibian