Oshakati Next Land Haven

DEPUTY finance minister Natangwe Ithete and the Oshakati town council chief executive officer, Werner Iita, are among the people who could be allocated plots at the northern town if there are no objections by early next month.

According to an aertisement that appeared in New Era yesterday, the Oshakati town council said it intends to sell immovable properties – most of them in Extension 16 and Ekuku – by way of private transaction to about 130 people.

The prices of the plots range from N$27 000 for the cheapest in Ekuku to N$300 000 as the highest in Extension 16.

These prices are far below the average market prices for land at Oshakati where, according a property developer who did not want to be named, a square metre costs about N$625.

This would mean that the plot, measuring 2 153 in Extension 16 which Oshakati town council intends to sell for N$300 000 should be sold for N$1,3 million.

A First National Bank property report released this year ranked Oshakati as one of the towns with highest land price increase in the north.

Talking to The Namibian yesterday, Iita said they intend to sell more than 1 000 plots within the next few months.

He also said Extension 16 is mainly meant for people who can pay for the land within a short period, so that the council can repay the Development Bank of Namibia’s loan.

In addition, Iita said the plots were meant for first-time buyers only and that plots for low-income earners are yet to be made available.

“We were very strict. People who got the plots will have to pay for them within 18 months or else we will take them back,” he said, adding that the value of the properties that should be built on the plots should be more than N$630 000.

Iita admitted that he owns a house in Ongwediva where he stays but insisted that he has been criticised for not staying in Oshakati, a town he manages.

Ithete could buy an 815 square metre plot for N$114 000 if nobody objects to the private sale by 8 June 2015, while Iita, who will receive the objections, could get a plot measuring over 1 700 square metres for N$240 000.

The chairperson of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry for northern branch, Thomas Iindji, stands to get a 1160 square-metre plot for N$160 000.

Iindji, who owns apartments at the same town, told The Namibian that he also wants land and that his apartments are for commercial purposes.

He said that he wants a place where he can build his own house.

Former radio jockey at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation’s Oshiwambo service Remind Ekandjo, also known as DJ Remind, is one of the possible beneficiaries of a 1800 sqm plot for about N$250 000.

Another possible lucky applicant is former world boxing champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda, whose name has been linked to a 1 200 square metre plot worth N$170 000.

Ambunda will be a neighbour to prominent businessman David Sheehama of Kambwa Trading, who is also lined to a plot measuring around 1 500 square metres for N$200 000.

A deputy director in the ministry of urban and rural development, Karl Ndoroma, wants to buy a plot measuring 850 square metres for around N$120 000, while Indileni Iipinge, a member of the Swapo Youth League has his eyes set on 1 160 square metre plots that will cost him N$160 000.

Iipinge is a site agent for the National Housing Enterprise.

Attorney general Sacky Shanghala’s brother, Vendelinus, could lay his hands on a 1 200 square metre plot for N$170 000, with Darrlitha Nghaamwa, a manager at the Oshakati town council, hoping to bag a plot measuring 1 200 square-metre for N$170 000.

Nghaamwa’s colleague Lydia Hilumbwa, an environmental health officer at Oshakati town, is likely to get a 1 200 square metre plot for N$170 000.

Vendelinus told The Namibian yesterday that he applied for land a long time ago and that he is happy that he could finally own a place he calls his own.

More than 2 500 youths submitted their applications for land at Oshakati in February this year after the Affirmative Repositioning called on land mass applications.

George Kambala, a member of the Affirmative Repositioning, criticised the Oshakati town council yesterday, calling the move a demonstration of greed.

“This shows how they are highly intoxicated with corruption and elitism. It seems common sense is in short supply at the Oshakati town council if they cannot even respond to youths who have procedurally applied for land,” he told The Namibian.

Kambala said young people in Namibia are deprived of land while the same town is accepting applications from people who already own properties.

He urged the minister of urban and rural development Sophia Shaningwa to act against the allocation of land to the well connected who already own properties.

Shaningwa has been naming and shaming local authorities such as Windhoek and Okahandja for being greedy.

Source : The Namibian