Chief of Uukwambi wants CLS project extended

04 Jul 2013 07:20
ONGWEDIVA, 04 JUL (NAMPA) - Chief Herman Iipumbu of Uukwambi wants the Communal Land Support (CLS) project, which aims to train northern traditional leaders on management and sustainable utilisation of land, to be extended to the year 2016.
Iipumbu demanded this whilst speaking during the official launch of the CLS project?s Public Outreach Communal Land Information Materials by Lands and Resettlement Minister Alpheus !Naruseb at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Monday.
The CLS project was implemented in 2009, and is set to come to an end in September next year. Funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), through the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)-Namibia, the CLS project has already trained a number of traditional leaders and officials in northern Namibia.
These are traditional chiefs, secretaries and village headmen/women from the traditional authorities of Oukwanyama, Ondonga, Uukwambi, Ongandjera, Ukwaluudhi, Ombalantu, Uukolonkadhi and Ombadja.
The training of traditional leaders is spearheaded by Louise Shixwameni of the CLS project.
The five-day CLS training workshop for leaders and officials from the Ombadja Traditional Authority commenced at Ongwediva on Monday.
Traditional leaders and officials are also being trained on communal land rights registration and allocation of land.
Iipumbu, who is also the deputy chairperson of the Council of Eight Traditional Authorities in northern Namibia (former Owambo), viewed the CLS project as crucial to enlighten traditional leaderships on communal land-related issues and management.
The chief of Uukwambi charged that the training of traditional leaders started in 2010, the year northern Namibia was severely affected by floods.
Iipumbu explained that project officials were unable to reach all the areas to conduct training in 2010 due to flooded roads, and thus believes certain traditional leaders will remain untrained if the project is to be phased out next year, hence his suggestion that it be extended.
Iipumbu wants the additional period of the project to run from 28 February 2014 until 28 February 2016 to allow CLS officials to finish training all traditional leaders.
Speaking at the same event, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MCA-Namibia, Penny Akwenye indicated that the Namibian Government will take over once the CLS has phased out.
Akwenye said the CLS project managed to provide intensive training to 1 734 village headmen/women and traditional authorities on provisions of the Communal Land Reform Act, land registration procedures, dispute resolution technique and management of communal resources.