Uukwambi and Ongandjera land dispute led to arrest of two

11 Aug 2015 15:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 11 AUG (NAMPA) – Police in the Omusati Region have arrested two pensioners for allegedly removing fencing from privately-owned crop fields at the Ondjungolume village in the Uukwambi traditional district last month.
Warrant Officer Lineekela Shikongo of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations Unit in the Omusati Region confirmed to Nampa on Monday the arrest of Willem Fillemon, 61, and 65-year-old Amunyela Joel.
He said the two were apprehended respectively on 25 and 26 July, and have appeared in the Okahao Magistrate’s Court on a charge of theft.
The charge stems from them removing the fence wires and poles and taking it with them, claiming that they were sent by the leadership of Ongandjera Traditional Authority to do so.
Fillemon and Joel have been released from custody, but have to be back in court on 28 August for the continuation of the theft case.
They were arrested after the owners of the affected fields, about 20 fields, reported the matter to the leadership of the Uukwambi Traditional Authority and eventually laid a charge of theft at the Okahao Police Station.
The victims reported that Fillemon and Joel claimed at the time of the incident that the Ondjungulume village is part of the Ongandjera Traditional Authority, and does not belong to the Uukwambi Traditional Authority.
In a statement in possession of this news agency, the Uukwambi Traditional Authority indicated that Ondjungolume village falls under its jurisdiction and the villagers, whose fencing materials have been taken, are settled there legally.
Approached for comment on Monday, King Johannes Mupongolitha Mupiya of Ongandjera also confirmed to Nampa that Ondjungulume falls under the jurisdiction of the Uukwambi Traditional Authority.
“The issue is the Ondjungolume village headman who is disputably allocating land which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ongandjera Traditional Authority to people from Uukwambi,” Mupiya explained, adding that the matter has, however, been dealt with and already resolved.
Uukwambi Traditional Authority’s spokesperson, Reinhold Iita said the leaderships of the two authorities came together some time ago and resolved the matter.