Farmers warned not to drive animals into Tsumkwe West

10 Aug 2013 03:00
OTJIWARONGO, 10 AUG (NAMPA) – Government on Friday issued a directive that no livestock should be driven onto Tsumkwe West communal land, because of continued illegal occupation of land in the area.
A joint media statement issued on Friday morning by the Ministries of Agriculture, Water and Forestry; Lands and Resettlement; Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development said Government expressed concern with the movement of animals into Tsumkwe West.
The statement said Government learned that there is a lot of animal movement into Tsumkwe West from other places.
“Therefore, Government does not encourage any movement of livestock into Tsumkwe West at the moment, as by so doing it promotes further illegal occupation and fencing off of land by non-residents of the area,” it stated.
The statement further said as of Friday, 09 August 2013, there would be no movement of animal permits issued out by any authority to any farmer to allow him or her to drive animals into Tsumkwe West until further notice.
Relevant traditional authorities in the area were also warned not to issue any authorisation or permits which would allow animals to enter grazing lands in Tsumkwe West.
“The same traditional authorities or representatives in Tsumkwe West should also refrain from allowing people who are non-residents of Tsumkwe West to settle in the area,” said the statement.
Government assured the nation that the Otjozondjupa Communal Land Board was dealing with the alleged illegal occupation of land in Tsumkwe West.
Meanwhile, Nampa on Friday afternoon learned that the Otjozondjupa Communal Land Board will meet on 14 August 2013 in Otjiwarongo to make a decision on the way forward with the alleged illegal fences still standing in Tsumkwe West.