Ukwangali Chief to publish land sale probe

MAYARA: The new leader of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority (UTA) in the Kavango West Region, Chief Eugene Siwombe has promised to publish the probe into alleged land-grabbing and illegal land sales in his area.

The UTA instituted an independent investigation into dubious land grabbing and sale activities late last year.

The first phase of the investigations was conducted early October last year by a seven-member committee, while the second round was scheduled to be conducted in November last year but was put on hold because there were issues which arose from the first investigation.

The probe was necessitated by complaints from inhabitants of the area, who on several occasions expressed dissatisfaction to the traditional about land-grabbing and selling malpractices by some residents, including traditional authority leaders.

Some prominent residents of the Ukwangali area as well as Council members have been linked to the land-grabbing saga.

The area where the most land was ‘grabbed’ and sold is the Katwitwi area, which is strategically located along the border with Angola, and is an area said to have enormous business potential.

Siwombe said the report into the alleged land-grabbing and sales will be released soon, without giving an exact date.