Traditional Authority orders that Tweya’s fence stay put

11 Sep 2013 07:00
SHAMUNGWA, 11 SEP (NAMPA) – A tender for the removal of an illegal fence erected in the Kavango East Region by Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Tjekero Tweya has been put on hold because the Hambukushu Traditional Authority is now disputing the removal of that fence.
This is despite the fact that a successful tenderer was already selected and given an award letter to commence work.
The Hambukushu Traditional Authority claims it has procedurally given consent for Tweya to occupy the area.
Two tenders for the removal of fences belonging to Tweya and Johannes Ihemba, the nephew of Ukwangali Traditional Authority Chief Sitentu Mpasi, were advertised in March this year by the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement.
The Ukwangali Traditional Authority also claim Ihemba got the land legally.
Tweya’s fence is in the Shamungwa village, and Ihemba’s is at the Mutambo village in Kavango West.
Tweya fenced off 22 kilometres (km) of land to set up his own farm, while Ihemba erected a 23km-long fence.
The two were supposed to remove the illegal fences before 28 February this year, but failed to do so.
The Kavango Communal Land Board Chairperson Johannes Karondo told this reporter on Wednesday the two tenders were put on hold, because the Hambukushu and Ukwangali Traditional Authorities had different views regarding the removal of the fences.
Karondo indicated that the matter has now been referred to the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement for further consideration.
The Lands Ministry’s Land Tribunal is expected to convene a meeting from 18 to 20 September to discuss the issue and other illegal fencing matters.
Ndinoveshi Construction Company which was awarded the tender to remove Tweya’s illegal fence was stopped by the Hambukushu Traditional Authority while they were about to remove it.
The tender to remove Ihemba’s illegal fence was awarded to Likuva Construction Company.
The Lands Ministry’s Deputy Director for the north-eastern region, Appolinaris Kannyinga confirmed the latest development to Nampa on Wednesday, but referred further questions to the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Lidwina Shapwa.
Meanwhile, Ihemba appeared in the Kahenge District Magistrate’s Court in July this year on charges of illegal fencing, and his case was postponed for a trial date to be set.
The accused is out on a warning, and is being represented by lawyer Sisa Namandje.
Tweya still has not received a summons to appear in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court, as the police want to subpoena him personally, but until now have failed to do so.
He is expected to appear before court no less than 21 days from the date that the summons is served.