Over 30 Illegal Fences Removed

A TOTAL of 31 fences allegedly illegally erected in the Omatako area in Tsumkwe West have been removed voluntarily by their owners so far.

A technical team led by Otjozondjupa Communal Land Board chairperson Jeaneth Kuhanga commenced a two-day inspection of areas illegally fenced-off at Tsumkwe West on Monday.

The Special Aiser to the Otjozondjupa governor, Rosalia Mwashekele-Sibiya, and technical mapping officers in the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement formed part of the team of inspectors.

Kuhanga told Nampa on Monday that her team had inspected more than 150 alleged illegal fences during the day.

“We discovered that 31 fences had been removed, but the rest are still standing. Some of the owners are not yet identified, and we do not know them,” she stated.

The inspection of the area was set to continue on Tuesday.

The Land Board chairperson noted that six other people assured her that their fences would be removed before the end of August this year.

Twenty-seven people who had allegedly fenced-off land have submitted appeal letters to the Otjozondjupa Regional Communal Land Board.

Kuhanga indicated that their appeal letters were forwarded to the Minister of Lands and Resettlement, Alpheus !Naruseb for a decision, along with recommendations from the Otjozondjupa Regional Communal Land Board.

Meanwhile, the Otjozondjupa Regional Deputy Director in the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata told this news agency last year that a team of nine mapping officers in her ministry discovered that about 33 000 hectares of land had been illegally fenced-off.

She said the largest piece so illegally enclosed was around 6 600 hectares in the Omatako area.

The smallest piece of land was about 36 hectares at Janju village, also in the area of Omatako.

The Otjozondjupa Communal Land Board is expected to hold a meeting on 28 August this year with regards to the fences which have not been removed yet, and will also consult the Office of the Government Attorney on the matter, Kuhanga said.


Source : The Namibian