2 287 plots for Omatando

27 February 2019 | Local News

The Ongwediva town council has announced that it is done with the surveying and mapping of Omatando village, which is now part of Ongwediva.

Plot owners at Omatando are unhappy with the slow progress though, claiming that they are ready to build their houses but the town council is delaying them.

A land battle between the Ongwediva council and residents of Omatando has been going on for a long time and has been delaying township development for more than a decade.

At a community meeting held at Omatando this month, deputy mayor Jason Asino informed the community of Omatando that the council had surveyed the area and those who were allocated plots could now approach the town council to have their building plans approved.

But the community claimed that the previous land owners had not yet been compensated, while new plot owners were not properly engaged on the current development.

The community charged that the council was not being honest with them.

“We came here to inform you that the town council has completed the land surveying and mapping of Omatando. We are also done with the formalising of the area and we have allocated plots accordingly,” Asino said.

“Those allocated plots can now approach the town council to have their plans approved so that they can start building their houses.”

Omatando was already developed after some mahangu field owners sold their land to individuals. Those plots have been re-demarcated by the council, however. This means that some people have to demolish their structures to accommodate the town planning.

Some community members complained that they had gone to the council office but were told that they could not start developing their plots because the former land owners had not been compensated yet.

“You town council officials do not tell the truth. The things you tell us when we go to your offices and when you come to us do not correspond.

“Here you are telling us that we can start building, but at the office you told us that we could not start because the land owners have not yet been compensated,” said one resident.

Another resident said when the council did the mapping of the area, plots were restructured. She said the current setup required some people to demolish their houses and build new ones, but the council had not consulted these people yet

The former mahangu field owners say the council started surveying their fields but they have not been compensated yet. They say they would like to cultivate their fields but the pegs marking plot boundaries could damage their tractors.

Council spokesperson Jackson Muma confirmed that the farmers had not received their compensation yet, but said the process took time and required proper consultation.

He also informed them that town council spent N$10.3 million on developing 2 287 plots.

“There will be those that will be required to vacate their plots to make way for other services such as streets, government plots, open spaces and so on. The town council will consult you and look at what you have on your plot,” Muma said.

“You will be allocated land elsewhere, but we cannot guarantee that we will compensate you. First we have to do the assessment.”





ILENI NANDJATO

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