Oshakati mayor says his council needs N.dollars 46.5m to compensate owners of communal land availed for development of houses at town

OSHAKATI: Oshakati mayor Onesmus Shilunga says his council needs N.dollars 46.5 million to compensate owners of communal land availed for the development of houses at the town.

Shilunga said this during a meeting hosted by his council and attended by the Finance Minister, Calle Schlettwein at Oshakati yesterday.

According to Shilunga, virgin land is available at the town’s suburbs of Ompumbu (1 800 plots), Ehenye (1 371 plots) and Onawa (3 060 plots). Some communal landowners have been paid while others are still awaiting payment.

Shilunga pointed out that of the N.dollars 46.5 million, 12 landowners are yet to be compensated at Ompumbu, five landowners are yet to be compensated at Ehenye and 72 landowners need to be compensated at Onawa.

Oshakati, Windhoek and Walvis Bay are the three towns where 200 000 plots are to be cleared, surveyed and serviced with the purpose of allocating them to landless Namibians as per an agreement reached by Government and the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement.

The clearing of land under the massive urban land servicing (MULS) project commenced in Windhoek last week.

Schlettwein stressed that, ‘It is not business as usual,’ as the government has to move faster to make the provision of land to the landless happen faster.