Nicanor’s Plot Up for Public Objections

THE municipality of Windhoek has invited objections if any, from members of the public, on the sale of several erven including the controversial prime plot offered to deputy Minister of Veterans’ Affairs Hilma Nicanor for N$340 000.

Although the market value of the plot was N$1 million, Nicanor had asked that it be sold to her at a reduced price of N$340 000 because she was a ‘national leader’.

The notice of objection for erf 664 in Conception Street of Windhoek’s upmarket Kleine Kuppe area was placed as an aertisement in The Namibian on Tuesday this week.

The notice titled ‘Sale and lease of various erven by private treaty’ shows that Nicanor’s 817 square-metre plot is among nine erven whose sale the city intends to conclude.

Other plots are in Katutura, Auasblick, Rocky Crest, Klein Windhoek, Otjomuise, Okuryangava and Academia.

The municipality invited interested parties to lodge written objections in sealed envelops clearly indicating the words “Objections to the sale of various erven, Notice no 242014”.

The envelop should be directed to the strategic executive: urban planning and property management not later than 9 May 2014.

Chief executive officer of the Windhoek municipality Niilo Taapopi yesterday declined to comment on whether the decision to sell the plot might be overturned by objections they will receive saying they will cross the bridge when they get there.

“Let’s wait until we get there. The objections must be realistic,” he said.

The council approved the deal at the end of last year but the transaction has been criticised by opposition parties who accused the management committee, which consist only of Swapo councillors, of bulldozing the decision through to give the land to the politician.

What further irked those who opposed the deal was that the land was offered to the politician below market value because of her position as a ‘national leader’.

Council documents show that Nicanor was given the green light to buy the plot in September last year.

Taapopi wrote to the minister, informing her that they had decided to sell her the plot for N$1 million.

Nicanor wrote back to the council in October last year, asking for a price reduction as it was unaffordable for her. She requested that the municipality reconsider the N$1 million and price the prime plot under the municipality’s ‘special project on housing’.

The council resolved that the erf be sold to Nicanor at less than the quoted price “due to her portfolio as a (national leader) while the policy addressing the sale of single residential properties to national leaders is being developed”.

Source : The Namibian