NCCI against cheap land for councillors

09 Mar 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 MAR (NAMPA) – Government must intervene in the practice of Local Authority councillors giving themselves, their relatives and elite land unprocedurally, the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry's chief executive officer (CEO) says.
Speaking here on Monday during a media briefing on land scarcity in the country, Taarah Shaanika stressed that such corrupt activities need to be avoided at all times as it creates a bad impression, confusion, and disrespect of Local Authorities.
His comments follow reports that former Windhoek Mayor Agnes Kafula offered a luxury Kleine Kuppe plot on discount to Big Brother Africa (BBA) 2013 winner Dillish Mathews, while Kafula's son David Kafula acquired a prime plot in Windhoek valued at N.dollars 5.7 million.
Kafula also reportedly acquired a premier plot in Kleine Kuppe with a market value of over N.dollars 1 million for around N.dollars 600 000, while the current mayor Muesee Kazapua bought a plot in Cimbabesia for N.dollars 400 000.
It was also reported that the City of Windhoek sold a prime piece of land worth N.dollars 1 million to Deputy Minister Hilma Nicanor for only N.dollars 340 000, while Windhoek City councillor Gerson Kamatuka apparently bought a N.dollars 18.5 million plot with his partner, prompting the municipality to seek legal advice on whether councillors should be allowed to acquire land through their companies.
“We must engage ourselves in a constructive dialogue to find a genuine solution that will not only result in availing of adequate serviced land in all our Local Authority areas but also at prices that are competitive for businesses and affordable for individual Namibians who want to own land whether for housing or businesses,” Shaanika said.
He noted that some municipalities lack the capacity to service land, and thus called for private-public-partnerships (PPPs) with businesspeople in the country.
Shaanika said some Local Authorities welcome PPPs, but are restrained by the lack of land.
The CEO then applauded some businesspeople in the country for refusing to be bribed by Local Authorities to enter into PPPs.
He indicated that the problem of land scarcity affects business development and economic growth in the country, and deprives many Namibians an opportunity to have dignified shelter and comfortable homes.