Illegal construction close to main road irks land board

13 Nov 2016 19:00pm
OHAKWEENYANGA, 13 NOV (NAMPA) – The Oshana Communal Land Board has expressed concern over business buildings that are constructed too close to major roads.
Villages located along the Ondangwa-Oshakati main road are said to be amongst those guilty of this practice, which could affect the Roads Authority’s (RA) planned upgrade of the main road from Omuthiya to a dual carriageway.
Ohakweenyanga, Opoto, Ekolanaambo/Adolf and Akuna are some of the villages where continuous construction of business buildings too close to the main road is experienced.
The land board expressed its concern over the practice at a public consultative meeting held at Ohakweenyanga village on Friday, with an objective to address the issue.
The meeting learned that construction of buildings adjacent to the road is hindering progress in the planning of the development of a dual carriageway from Oshakati (Oshana Region) to Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region.
Village headmen who participated in Friday’s meeting, indicated that villagers have developed an attitude of selling portions of crop land that they lease from government to wealthy individuals to build businesses such as lodges and shebeens.
This is being done without the consent of the local traditional leaders, who are the custodians of communal land.
Chairperson of the Oshana Communal Land Board, Reinhold Iita told those present at the meeting that no compensation will be paid for buildings constructed illegally near the main road when its development into a dual carriageway starts.
RA officials who addressed the meeting pointed out that nobody is allowed to construct a building within 100 metres from a main road.
Some business buildings are erected on top of the main water pipe of Namwater or under electricity lines along the said main road and therefore need to be removed.
The meeting resolved that the RA liaise with the local traditional leaders to ensure that illegal settlers are dealt with and given letters informing them to remove their buildings.