Otjiwarongo municipality in predicament over land deal sold to b

05 Apr 2016 13:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 04 APR (NAMPA) -The Otjiwarongo Municipality is in a predicament over a 200 000 square metre plot it sold to a local businessman, because the size of that plot and its price differ between different documents.
The town council documents seen by Nampa indicate that Dan-Boy Shonena Ndjadila on 16 December 2013 had applied to buy 20 000 square metres (four hectares) of land with a plan to do business on it.
His request for 20 000 square metres (four ha) of land however mysteriously changed to 200 000 square metres (20 ha) and apparently it is not known who had increased the figures on the documents.
A letter carrying the alleged mistaken figure of 200 000 square metres (20 ha), instead of 20 000 square meters (four ha) was then submitted to the then Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development in June 2014.
On 14 June 2014, the ministry approved the request of Ndjadila for 200 000 square metres.
The ministry however advised the municipality to lease the land to Ndjadila at N.dollars 10 000 per month or sell it to him at cost of N.dollars 50 per square metre, equivalent to N.dollars 10 million by means of private treaty excluding provision of services such as water, sewerage, electricity and surveying.
The local authority councillors at Otjiwarongo then resolved to sell the 200 000 square metre portion of land to Ndjadila at N.dollars 10 million (N.dollars 50 per square metre).
Ndjadila on 15 April 2015 signed the title deed of sale documents with the Otjiwarongo Municipality without paying a cent on the deal.
Ndjadila’s deed of sale has no name of author, meaning it is not known who prepared the documents at the Otjiwarongo Municipality, while the place of signing on the document initially indicated Windhoek, which appears to have been scratched out with a pen and replaced with Otjiwarongo in a handwriting.
The deed of sale shows that at that point of document processing, the Otjiwarongo Municipality had already allocated Ndjadila the 200 000 square metres (20 ha) of land at a cost of N.dollars one million instead of N.dollars 10 million as the Otjiwarongo town councillors and the ministry had approved.
The deal was recently discovered by the newly elected local authority councillors who demanded an explanation from the office of the Chief Executive Officer, Ismael /Howoseb.
/Howoseb on Friday confirmed to Nampa that a situation of that nature exists at the Otjiwarongo Municipality on a land deal between the municipality and Ndjadila.
He said the town council is not happy on how the deal was conducted.
“The council is not happy with this mistake, and it has demanded investigations into the matter as none of the municipal officials knows who had prepared the deed of sale between the municipality and Ndjadila,” said /Howoseb.
/Howoseb said the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) have been informed of this land deal.
/Howoseb added the municipality has also instructed attorneys to inform the legal representatives of Ndjadila so that he pays the remaining N.dollars 9 million on the 200 000 square metres of land or to re-transfer to the municipality some portions of land on the deal.
Efforts to talk to Ndjadila were unsuccessful, as he did not pick his cellphone or return the text messages sent to him.