16 Sep 2015 07:30am
KATIMA MULILO, 16 SEP (NAMPA) The verification of names for prospective plot owners from the Lwa Yaha Group is currently underway at the Katima Mulilo Town Council.
The verification process to establish whether those on the list already own plots or not, was confirmed by Katima Mulilo Mayor Charles Matengu, who told Nampa on Tuesday the council will meet its set deadline at the end of September, as per the memorandum of understanding entered into in July.
The Lwa Yaha group consists of over 5 000 landless youths, middle-aged and senior citizens and pensioners, who in June this year held town council staff members hostage for plots.
The group entered into a MoU, in which council promised to avail 1 000 plots at different areas such as Cowboy Settlement, Macaravan West and the Dairy Compound.
We are busy with the verification process of the names. This process is to remove names that appear more than once and to establish where the prospective plot owners already have more than one plot each.
We are confident that by the end of September or beginning of next month, the council will avail the plots to Lwa Yaha. Those plot recipients will then decide whether they will build structures right away or wait for council to put up roads, sewers, water and electricity, said Matengu.
He added that the council is also contemplating on pricing the 300 square metres plots at N.dollars 15 to 25 per square metre for unemployed persons and N.dollars 25 to 35 for employed persons, who all registered with Lwa Yaha using Namibian identification cards, marriage certificates, and bank statements or payslips.
These plots will not be for free as the council will during a later stage make provisions of putting up municipal services at the areas identified. The proposed price is affordable for all, just as President Dr Hage Geingob is requesting, Matengu said.
The Katima Mayor further added that the servicing of land at Extension 7 and 8 is at an advanced stage. In these two area, plots are to be allocated to residents of Macaravan East and residents of Chotto formalised settlement, who built their shacks in flood-prone areas, over-spills or in conflict with allocated plots.