Nghaamwa maybe 10 000 hectares of farmland in Kavango

RUNDU; Ohangwena Regional Governor Usko Nghaamwa and his daughter Rhauna could soon get over 10 000 hectares of farmland in the Kavango West Region.

This is after no written objections were received from inhabitants of the two Kavango regions after they applied for the land.

The two have applied for rights of leasehold for Small-Scale Commercial Farming Units (SSCFU) in the newly created Mankupi Constituency in the Ukwangali Traditional Authority.

They applied for rights of leasehold for two farms with a size of over 10 000 hectares altogether for a period of 99 years.

Another prominent figure that has set his sights on attaining land is the leader of the Hambukushu Traditional Authority in the Kavango East Region, Erwin Munika Mbambo. He applied for the rights of leasehold over two SSCFUs for agricultural purposes in the Hambukushu Traditional Authority for a period of 45 years.

The combined size of the land that Mbambo applied for is more than 5 000 hectares.

In the case of the Hambukushu leader’s application, no objections were received.

The Secretary of the Kavango East Communal Land Board (KavECLB), Fernando Marungu confirmed on Monday that his office has not received any objections for the applications, which means the applications will be recommended for approval during the next regional land board meeting.

“We have not received any objection and their applications will be recommended for approval to the Minister of Land Reform,” he said.

The regional Land Board is expected to meet during the course of this month to approve applications, which also includes an application by the Chairperson of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority, Chief Council Christian Simuketa.

Simuketa earlier applied for land at Siurungu village measuring 13 hectares for a gardening project.

The KavECLB published a notice in a local daily newspaper on 19 May 2015, inviting interested parties to lodge written objections within a period of seven days through the chairperson of the board to the chief or the traditional authority before 29 May 2015.

No written objections were received by the board within seven days.

Some inhabitants of the two regions, however, have called on the KavECLB to reject the applications, as they say accepting them will deny ordinary citizens sufficient grazing areas.

Some inhabitants of the Hambukushu Traditional Authority, who asked not to be identified in fear of being victimised, earlier said the Hambukushu area is the smallest under a traditional authority in the two Kavango regions, and it will thus not be justifiable to allocate two farming units to one individual.

The chairperson of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority Chief Council, Christian Simuketa told this agency during an earlier interview that Nghaamwa and his daughter were allocated the piece of land long before the current chief council leadership came into office.

Simuketa explained that Nghaamwa just applied to be given rights of leasehold, as he did not have such rights before.

Efforts to obtain comment from Nghaamwa proved futile.

Some inhabitants of the Kavango West Region have linked the farmland application to his earlier donation of a Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up to the late leader of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority, Chief Sitentu Mpasi, which was given as a token of appreciation for allowing him to graze his cattle in the Ukwangali area for years.

Meanwhile, Mbambo told Nampa recently that he only applied for one farm because he intends to start farming projects there.

The Hambukushu leader indicated that he intends to set up two boreholes on the farm, with one set to provide water for livestock, while the other will supply water for household consumption.

It was previously reported in local media that other prominent Government officials who received farming land in the Ukwangali area include Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector-General Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga and Safety and Security Minister Charles Namoloh.