Caprivi governor blasts land disputes in his region

28 Jul 2013 05:10
BUKALO, 28 JUL (NAMPA) - The Caprivi Regional Governor Lawrence Sampofu has blasted disputes over land in his region.
Speaking during the Masubia annual cultural festival held at the Bukalo settlement situated some 40km east of Katima Mulilo on Saturday, the Caprivi regional leader expressed concern over the many cases he received of squabbles and infighting over land in the region.
Sampofu charged that some people settle wherever they want without consulting the respective traditional authorities, and cautioned them that the land belongs to the State.
Without making reference to any specific case, he said no one is allowed to occupy any piece of land without the consent of the respective traditional authority.
The governor noted that land disputes have brought many deaths around the world and he thus does not want to see it happening in his region, and urged the region’s inhabitants not to create instability, chaos and infighting over land.
He encouraged inhabitants to work hard once they have been allocated land, in order to produce food to feed the region’s inhabitants.
Sampofu then urged learners, parents and teachers to take education seriously, stressing that this year the region has set itself a target of at least a 65 per cent pass rate.
The region’s inhabitants were further cautioned about the scourge of HIV/AIDS, of which the prevalence rate is still high, and advised them to take precautionary measures in order not to spread the virus.
The Masubia annual cultural festival, which attracted thousands of people from the Caprivi Region and beyond, was also attended by several Cabinet Ministers as well as Regional and Local Authority Councillors.
The festival served as a platform to attract tourism, as it offered several traditional dances, songs, and narration of the history of the Masubiya Traditional Authority.